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Joe Croyle...ATribute to Mel Torme`

by Joe Croyle

Exciting velvet jazz vocals backed up by top jazz musicians deliver a fresh, sophisticated taste of the song stylings and arrangements reminiscent of Mel Torme`.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Love Me or Leave Me/Lullaby of Birdland Medley
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2. I'll Be Seeing You
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3. Bernie's Tune
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2:21 album only
4. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
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5. Too Close for Comfort
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6. Here's that Rainy Day
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7. Cheek to Cheek
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8. Born to be Blue
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9. The Best is Yet to Come
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10. Pick Yourself Up
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There are only a handful of artists that are superb in their ability to sing a song. Without a doubt, Joe Croyle is that kind of singer. The complex yet easy style, which is clearly his own, leads you down the path of vocal range and precision that makes it a joy to listen to. Although gifted in many other styles of singing, Joe has chosen jazz because of the inner connection he feels when he sings. Vocally dynamic, his song stylings are reminiscent of the late great Mel Torme`, and his use of breath control and phrasing is unsurpassed.

Being born in the Pittsburgh area, Joe's father was a member of a famous barbershop quartet. They would rehearse for hours in Joe's livingroom and he would bask in the sound of that close four part harmony. He took piano and trumpet lessons in his formative years in grade school and high school, and played and sang in a jazz band for private parties at the age of 15.

Joe's relationship with jazz is very unique. Being a studio singer early on, he got top level training in some of the best studios in Los Angeles, and worked with great singers and arrangers in all of those areas. His musicianship is what a true jazz listener would expect to find only from the great artists of the past. Joe brings that powerful feeling to the present with all of the finesse and professionalism one could ever hope to find

With almost 40 years of singing professionally, Joe's passion has never ceased to grow. There is truly a gifted artist in the music that he sings and adores. With all of the talent and diversity Joe brings to his music, it is no wonder that people pleasure in the sound of his voice.


Joe Croyle's professional career started at age 16. Selected out of 3500 teenagers to sing with "The Young Americans", he appeared on major television shows and toured internationally. The next three years included main room appearances with the singing group "The Kids Next Door" in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. After recording an
album with the vocal group "CO." for a major recording label, Jim Nabors heard them and featured the group in his nightclub act along with" The Nabors Kids."

Joe then progressed into two man acts for major stars. He was featured with Sally Struthers in her nightclub act, performing with her on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore shows. Joe moved on to sing with Mama Cass Elliott. His only appearance with Miss Elliott, before her untimely death, was a three week stage run at the London Palladium to sellout crowds.

Back from London, Joe was invited to appear in
Ann-Margaret's act as a featured singer and dancer. Two years later, he was selected for Peter Marshall's group, "Chapter Five". Joe traveled with the act for eight years, appearing in major U.S. cities, on television,
including a command performance for President Carter at the White House.

Joe has been in demand by producers to perform in backers auditions for potential Broadway musicals, both in Los Angeles and New York. His voice can be heard on countless radio and television jingles. He sang the theme song for Sally Struthers' television series "Gloria". Joe has performed in many industrial shows and MC'd for many national beauty pageants. He also has the distinction of privately singing and playing piano for President Ronald Regan and Nancy Regan. Joe also owned a group called "The Caroling Company". His group was invited to sing for "Good Morning America", "The Addams Family" movie, and "Scrooged" with Bill Murray. The Caroling Company also performed
for many famous celebrities such as Mervin Leroy, Jimmy Stuart, Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme.

In the past fifteen years, Joe and his wife Mary Ann Halpin, have run a successful photography company in Los Angeles photographing many celebrities, Cd covers for
Capital and Blue Note Records. Joe is currently singing with the famous recording group "The Modernaires", who were recently inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.


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Arlen Alexander

Sings the standards in a way that would make Mel smile.
In my opinion, the ballads are what define this wonderful vocalist. The upbeat tunes without a doubt swing, but Joe's crystal-clear voice, range, phrasing, and interpretation of those gems once sung by the Velvet Fog really showcase his talent.

Todd Richards

Joe did a wonderfull job bringing to life the Torme` scat.
This CD takes me back to the days when Mel Torme`s scat was something you really looked forward to....great listening.