José Melis (February 27, 1920, Havana, Cuba - April 7, 2005 Sun City, California, United States) was born José Melis Guiu. Events 1560 - The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Congregation Year 1920 ( MCMXX) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display 1920 of the Gregorian calendar Havana ( IPA: aˈβana officially Ciudad de La Habana, is the Capital city, major port and leading The Republic of Cuba (ˈkjuːbə or) consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles) Isla de la Events 529 - First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in Jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
Melis studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and a Cuban government scholarship enabled him to continue his education in Paris. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city When he was 16, he arrived in the United States]], graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and worked as a lounge pianist. The Juilliard School, located in New York City, is a world renowned Performing arts conservatory. During World War II, while he was serving as the musical director for the USO's New York City branch of the USO, he met Jack Paar, and the two remained friends for years. "USO" redirects here for other uses see USO (disambiguation The United Service Organizations Inc Jack Harold Paar ( May 1, 1918 &ndash January 27, 2004) was an American Radio and Television talk show host
In 1954-55, Melis was the pianist when The Morning Show on CBS was hosted by Paar. The Early Show is an American Television morning news Talk show broadcast by CBS from New York City, 7 to 9 a CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Then Paar moved from mornings to late night, and from 1957 to 1962, Melis served as the musical director of The Tonight Show during Jack Paar's tenure as host. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as appropriate --> The Tonight Show is a long-running He also wrote the music for Paar's theme song, "IM4U" (lyrics by Sev F. Marino), and he performed with Paar on other shows, including Parr’s Startime (1960). One of his routines on Paar's shows was the "telephone game," in which Melis would improvise a number based on the last four digits of an audience member's telephone number.
Melis also appeared on other TV shows, including Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town, and he portrayed himself in the musical comedy film Senior Prom (1958). Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan ( September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American Entertainment Writer The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television Variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, He occasionally accompanied Frank Sinatra, and his song "Pasion Orientale" was heard in the Judy Garland version of A Star Is Born (1954). Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10 1922 – June 22 1969 was an American actress and singer A Star Is Born is a 1954 musical Remake of the original 1937 film, directed by George Cukor and starring Judy In addition to touring with Mel Torme, he also appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops and other symphony orchestras. Melvin Howard Tormé ( September 13, 1925 &ndash June 5, 1999) nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician known as The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO founded four years earlier
Melis was 85 when he died of a respiratory infection.