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Judy Roasting On An Open Fire

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 11, 2010








SFFILK (Not his real name) passes along a story about Mel Torme. It seems like Mr.Torme was eating a leisurely breakfast at a food court in Los Angeles, and a quartet appeared singing Christmas songs. They wound up performing “The Christmas Song” for co- author Torme…and the singers had no idea who he was. It is a good story, better told in the link.

According to the inerrant Wikipedia, Torme collaborated with Robert Wells , until they had a falling out. One afternoon, on the hottest day of July in 1945, Mr.Torme went to visit Mr.Wells, and saw the first four lines of “The Christmas Song” (including “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose”). The lines were on a note pad, and the two agreed to beat the heat of summer by completing the song. Supposedly, Mr. Torme did not like the song very much. After three divorces, he probably didn’t see many of the royalties.

Mel Torme was the music director of the ill fated “Judy Garland Show” in the early sixties. He wrote a book about it… The Other Side of the Rainbow: With Judy Garland on the Dawn Patrol . The story is that Miss Garland would get blasted, call Mr. Torme in the middle of the night, and pour out her troubles. While the show did not last longer, there are some great youtube clips left over.




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  1. Michael said, on December 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    What I also found out, which I thought was really interesting, is that Mel Torme was Jewish.

    Here’s my source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Torm%C3%A9

    What’s surprising to me is that some of the best Christmas songs are written by Jews, or so it would seem.

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