Mel Torme — American Musician born on December 13, 1925, died on June 05, 1999

Melvin Howard Tormé, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, best known as a singer of jazz standards. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, and actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells... (wikipedia)

I would be a liar if I said it wouldn't be lovely and soothing - that's the word - to have a hit single or a hit album.
As regards my feelings about drummers - there's Buddy Rich, and then there's everybody else.
But, in fairness to them, too, the popular song per se is really a pretty shallow medium to perform in.
Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius, and that's all there is to it.
Because Chicago was to radio what Hollywood was to films and Broadway was to the theatre: it was the hub of radio.