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The Velvet Fog: 1947

The Velvet Fog: 1947

        Mel Torme (1925-1999) backstage at the Paramount Theater, in a visual approximation of his famous nickname conjured by photographer William Gottlieb and a block of dry ice in the dressing-room sink.

New York circa 1947. "Portrait of singer Mel Torme in dressing room." Medium format negative by Down Beat photographer William Gottlieb. View full size.


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A Case of Mistaken Identity

I know the Shorpy webmaster does his homework so I have to accept that this is, in fact, Mel Torme. I would have never guessed it.

The shape and weight of his face must have changed radically in ensuing years.

LATER: Now the picture that was added to my post looks like Mel. The lead photo must have been taken from a weird angle. They don't even look like the same person.

"Girls' Town"

For a real treat, dig up this Mamie Van Doren hoot with Mel as the heavy, Paul Anka as the hero, a squad of tough-love nuns, and Elinor Donahue as Mamie's surprisingly hot sister. Pure kitschy fun, either on its own or in the MST3K version. Spoiler: Mel Torme is not Hollywood's most believable bad guy.

Steam disguise

I would not have recognized Torme in this photo. I knew him only from guest spots on Carol Burnett, and he certainly looked different then. A great performer, though!

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