D.O.B.: September 13, 1925 (Chicago, IL)
D.O.D.: June 5, 1999 (Los Angeles, CA)
Cause of Death: Stroke
Location: Westwood Memorial
A 1940's crooner known as "The Velvet Fog" (a title he hated), Mel went on to embrace an improvisational jazz style in his later years, winning Grammy Awards as Best Male Jazz Vocalist in the '80's.
Along the way, he appeared in a number of Hollywood movie musicals.
He also wrote 300 songs, including the classic carol "The Christmas Song" , which became a huge hit for fellow singer Nat 'King' Cole.
In later years, Mel appeared with Ella Fitzgerald at the annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, and also guest starred frequently on the popular TV sitcom "Night Court."
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