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This original, shorter version of Mel Tormé's California Suite has a host of seminal 1949 cuts. Tormé wrote all songs and harmonized with the Mel-Tones on songs including "We Think the West Coast is the Best Coast," "Poor Little Extra Girl," and "Got the Gate on the Golden Gate." This version is available on CD courtesy of Jasmine's two-fer California Suite/The Velvet Fog, and was also reissued in 2009 by Fresh Sound.


Born: 13 September 1925 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Mel Tormé was a jazz-oriented pop singer who worked at his craft steadily from the '40s to the '90s, primarily in nightclubs and concert halls. In his 1988 autobiography, It Wasn't All Velvet (its title a reference to his nickname, "The Velvet Fog," bestowed upon him by a disc jockey in the '40s to describe his husky, wide-ranging voice), he mentioned a wish that he had been born ten years earlier, that is, in 1915 rather than 1925. If he had had his wish, Tormé would have been an exact contemporary...
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