¡Olé Tormé!

¡Olé Tormé!: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May is a 1959 studio album by Mel Tormé, arranged by Billy May.[3][4] It was one of many Latin-tinged jazz albums released in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[5][6]

¡Olé Tormé!: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May
Studio album by
RecordedMarch 21 – April 2, 1959, Los Angeles
GenreVocal jazz
ProducerCarl Jefferson
Mel Tormé chronology
Mel Tormé's California Suite
¡Olé Tormé!: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May
Back in Town
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[2]

Track listingEdit

1."At the Crossroads (Malagueña)"Ernesto Lecuona, Bob Russell2:39
2."Frenesi"Alberto Dominguez, Leonard Whitcup2:36
3."Adios"Enric Madriguera, Harry M. Woods2:05
4."Baia"Ary Barroso, Ray Gilbert2:30
5."Six Lessons from Madame la Zonga"James V. Monaco, Charles Newman3:10
6."Rosita"Gus Haenschen2:58
7."South of the Border"Michael Carr, Jimmy Kennedy3:03
8."Nina"Cole Porter2:36
9."Cuban Love Song"Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, Herbert Stothart2:04
10."Perfidia"Alberto Dominguez2:08
11."The Rhumba Jumps!"Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer2:14
12."Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)"Inez James, Buddy Pepper, Larry Russell3:19


  • Mel Tormé – vocals, drums
  • Frank Beach – trumpet
  • Pete Candoli
  • Conrad Gozzo
  • Manny Klein
  • Eddie Kusby – trombone
  • Tommy Pederson
  • Dave Wells
  • Si Zentner
  • Gene Cipriano – woodwind
  • Chuck Gentry
  • Justin Gordon
  • Wilbur Schwartz
  • Bud Shank
  • Red Callender – tuba
  • Verlye Mills – harp
  • Jimmy Rowles – piano
  • Al Pelligrini
  • Bob Gibbons – guitar
  • Ralph Peña – double bass
  • Lou Singer – percussion, drums, marimba
  • Alvin Stoller – drums
  • Larry Bunker – drums, marimba
  • Billy May – arranger, conductor
  • Sheldon Marks – art direction
  • William Rotsler – cover photo


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1408. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ ¡Olé Tormé!: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May at AllMusic
  4. ^ Friedwald, Will (May 18, 2010). A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. Pantheon Books. ISBN 9780375421495 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Firmat, Gustavo Perez (October 26, 2010). The Havana Habit. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300168761 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Goldberg, K. Meira; Clark, Walter Aaron; Pizà, Antoni (June 20, 2019). Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music, Song and Dance: Spaniards, Natives, Africans, Roma. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781527536258 – via Google Books.