I love listening to standards singers and have a list of favorite performers. I like Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, and Nat King Cole. But at the top of that list is the brilliant Mel Torme.
I’ve only newly discovered youtube.com, and about ten minutes ago thought for the first time to search for any clips featuring MT. My God - I’m still sitting here in tears at his genius just from this one clip alone:
Having become a big fan of his after his death, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any clips of his performances. It is scary the control and perfect pitch the man had, yet he never sounded mechanical. He always injected a soft, rich emotional yearning into his voice.
I wish I had seen him when he was still alive. Who’ll replace our brilliant standards singers? They’re all going, going, gone.