Mel Tormé, “Comin’ Home, Baby,” 1962. Very chic, understated little song.
I’d always expected Mel Tormé to be a stage name, a butchering of a far more formidable Eastern European name. Sort of, but not entirely — his parents were Russian immigrants named “Torma,” and the “a” became an “e” at Ellis Island. Mel’s parents retained the spelling and added the accent mark, and he was born Melvin Howard Tormé in Chicago in 1925.