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Mel Torme: Interview 1

Interview One

Melvin Howard Tormé (nicknamed The Velvet Fog) was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. Here, he talks to Les Tomkins in 1976 about his career.

Interview: 1976

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

Gene Krupa and I grew up four blocks away from each other: I knew him since I was a child. We were dear friends, and I had enormous admiration for him, certainly, as a great innovator, along with some of the other early drummers. He was a very big influence on many people. As regards my feelings about drummers—there’s Buddy Rich, and then there’s everybody else. Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he’s a genius, and that’s all there is to it. I’m going to write a biography of him, by the way.

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