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It Wasn't All Velvet by Torme, Mel

Mel Torme

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ISBN 10: 0670822892 / ISBN 13: 9780670822898
Published by Viking Adult, 1988
Condition: Collectible: Like New Hardcover
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Title: It Wasn't All Velvet by Torme, Mel

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Like New

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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The acclaimed veteran singer and songwriter recalls the highs and lows of his illustrious career and the more memorable events and relationships of his personal life

From Publishers Weekly:

At age 63, Melvin Howard Torme (originally Torma), Chicago-born son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, here looks back, mostly with pleasure, on his years of public appearances as an arranger, composer, lyricist, conductor, pianist, drummer, film actor, TV and radio emceeand especially as an award-winning vocalist whom Bing Crosby described as "the best musical entertainer I've ever seen." Torme has also been an aviator, motorcyclist, novelist, biographer, collector of rare Colt guns and father of five children and two stepchildren born to four wives. In this fluent, intimate memoir he reviews his near-legendary onstage life, recalls his associations with Sammy Davis Jr., Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Benny Goodman, Jerry Lewis, Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra, describes his dates with Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe, and agonizes over custody fights with his former wives. Torme ends with reflections and afterthoughts about his children, friends and favorite people. His tone is somewhat self-pitying, but lively and candid. Photos. 50,000 first printing; $60,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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