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Nat King Cole

For a mild-mannered man whose music was always easy on the ear, Nat King Cole managed to be a figure of considerable controversy during his 30 years as a professional musician. From the late '40s to the mid-'60s, he was a massively successful pop singer who ranked with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. He shared with those peers a career that encompassed hit records, international touring, radio and television shows, and appearances in films. But unlike them, he had not emerged from a background as a band singer in the swing era. Instead, he had spent a decade as a celebrated jazz pianist, leading his own small group. Oddly, that was one source of controversy. For some reason, there seem to be more jazz critics than fans of traditional pop among music journalists, and Cole's transition from jazz to pop during a period when jazz itself was becoming less popular was seen by them as a betrayal. At the same time, as a prominent African-American entertainer during an era of tumultuous change in social relations among the races in the U.S., he sometimes found himself out of favor with different warring sides. His efforts at integration, which included suing hotels that refused to admit him and moving into a previously all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles, earned the enmity of racists; once, he was even physically attacked on-stage in Alabama. But civil rights activists sometimes criticized him for not doing enough for the cause.

Such controversies do not obscure his real talent as a performer, however. The dismay of jazz fans at his abandonment of jazz must be measured against his accomplishments as a jazz musician. An heir of Earl Hines, whom he studied closely as a child in Chicago, Cole was an influence on such followers as Oscar Peterson. And his trio, emerging in the dying days of the swing era, helped lead the way in small-band jazz. The rage felt by jazz fans as he moved primarily to pop singing is not unlike the anger folk music fans felt when Bob Dylan turned to rock in the mid-'60s; in both cases, it was all the more acute because fans felt one of their leaders, not just another musician, was going over to the enemy. Less well remembered, however, are Cole's accomplishments during and after the transition. His rich, husky voice and careful enunciation, and the warmth, intimacy, and good humor of his approach to singing, allowed him to succeed with both ballads and novelties such that he scored over 100 pop chart singles and more than two dozen chart albums over a period of 20 years, enough to rank him behind only Sinatra as the most successful pop singer of his generation.

Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles on Montgomery, AL, on March 17, 1919. (In his early years of music-making, he dispensed with the "s" at the end of his name.) As a black child born to a poor family in the American South at that time, he did not have a birth certificate; his March 17 birthday was recalled because it was also St. Patrick's Day. He listed conflicting years of birth on legal documents during his life; most sources give the year as 1917. (Biographer Daniel Mark Epstein, for his 1999 book Nat King Cole, consulted the 1920 census to determine that the Coles household had a male infant at that time and confirm the birth year as 1919.) Cole's father was a butcher who aspired to the Baptist ministry, and when Cole was four the family moved to Chicago, where his father eventually succeeded in becoming a preacher.

Like his older brother Eddie, who became a bass player, Cole showed an early interest in music. He was taught piano by his mother as a child and later took lessons. Also like his brother, he turned professional early; by his teens, he was leading a band, called either the Royal Dukes or the Rogues of Rhythm, and he dropped out of high school at 15 to go into music full-time. The following year, Eddie, who had been touring with Noble Sissle's band, returned to Chicago and the brothers organized their own sextet. On July 28, 1936, as Eddie Cole's Swingsters, they recorded two singles for Decca Records, Nat King Cole's recording debut. That fall, they were hired to perform in a revival of the all-black Broadway musical revue Shuffle Along. Unlike his brother, Cole remained with the show when it went on tour, in part because his girlfriend, dancer Nadine Robinson, stayed with it as well. The two married in Michigan on January 27, 1937, even though Cole was only 17 years old. The tour made its way around the country, finally closing in Los Angeles in May. Cole and his wife remained there, living at first with her aunt, while Cole sought employment as a musician. He briefly led a big band, then played solo piano in clubs.

While performing at the Café Century during the summer of 1937, Cole was approached by the manager of the Swanee Inn, who invited him to put together a small band to play in the club. With guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince, the act debuted that fall, drawing upon the children's nursery rhyme ("Old King Cole was a merry old soul...") for the name the King Cole Swingsters, later simply the King Cole Trio. The group gradually built up a following, with Cole emerging as a singer as well as a pianist. By September 1938, they had begun making radio transcriptions, originally not intended for commercial release, though they have since been issued. In 1939 and 1940, they made occasional recordings for small labels while expanding their live performing to include appearances across the country and radio work. In late 1940 they were contracted by Decca. Their 1941 recording of Cole's composition "That Ain't Right" hit number one on Billboard magazine's Harlem Hit Parade (i.e., R&B) chart on January 30, 1943, Cole's first successful record. By that time, Prince had left the group to work for the war effort, replaced by Johnny Miller.

The King Cole Trio's contract with Decca expired before "That Ain't Right" became a hit. Their next single, "All for You," was recorded for the tiny Excelsior label in October 1942. After its initial release, it was purchased by Capitol Records and reissued. On November 20, 1943, it became the group's second number one hit on the Harlem Hit Parade. It also crossed over to the pop chart. With that, Capitol signed Cole directly. The trio's first Capitol session produced both the Cole composition "Straighten Up and Fly Right," which topped the black chart for the first of ten weeks on April 29, 1944, spent six weeks at the top of the folk (i.e., country) chart, and reached the Top Ten of the pop chart, and "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You," which topped the black chart on October 21 and also crossed over to the pop chart.

The trio placed another four titles in the black chart during 1944, and Capitol released its debut album, The King Cole Trio (catalog number BD-8) that fall. The collection of four 78 rpm discs contained eight tracks, only three of them featuring Cole vocals. When Billboard instituted its first album chart on March 24, 1945, The King Cole Trio was ranked at number one, a position it held for 12 weeks. At the same time, big-band swing music was declining in popularity, and many jazz fans were beginning to turn to the emerging style of bebop, a development that, whatever its artistic significance, spelled the end of jazz as a broadly popular style of music.

The King Cole Trio -- and particularly the singer/pianist then known as "King Cole" -- on the other hand, was going in exactly the opposite direction, as its success on records and at clubs and theaters around the country led to appearances in films and on radio. After numerous guest-star stints on Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall radio series, the trio, along with pianist Eddy Duchin, was hired to host the show's summer replacement program for 13 weeks beginning May 16, 1946. During that run, on August 17, The King Cole Trio, Vol. 2 (Capitol BD-29), another set of four 78s, hit number one. Over the next five days, the trio recorded two songs that would add to their pop success. Mel Tormé and Robert Wells' "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" (better known by its opening line, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire"), recorded August 19, was Cole's first disc to feature strings. "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," though it only featured the trio, demonstrated that Cole was more than capable of handling a straight romantic ballad, not just the uptempo novelties with which he and the group had succeeded up until this point.

"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" became Cole's first number one pop single on December 28, 1946; "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" peaked at number three, going on to become a holiday perennial and million seller. While these hits were developing, the trio went from its summer replacement berth to its own network radio series, King Cole Trio Time, a 15-minute Saturday afternoon program that debuted on October 19, 1946, and ran until April 1948. The group's recording schedule during the first half of 1947 was relatively light, but the pace picked up considerably starting in August, in anticipation of the musicians' strike called for January 1, 1948. On August 22, 1947, with an orchestral backing, Cole recorded "Nature Boy," an unusual philosophical ballad. Released March 29, 1948, and credited to "King Cole," it hit number one for the first of eight weeks on May 8, becoming a gold record.

Oscar Moore, the trio's original guitarist, left the group in October 1947 after ten years and was replaced by Irving Ashby. In March 1948, Cole divorced his wife and married singer Marie Ellington. Among the couple's children was Natalie Cole, who became a singer. Bass player Johnny Miller quit the trio in August 1948 and was replaced by Joe Comfort. In February 1949, Cole added percussionist Jack Costanzo to the group, which thereafter was billed as "Nat 'King' Cole & the Trio." As of the spring of 1950, Cole's recordings were being credited simply to "Nat 'King' Cole." On July 8 of that year, his recording of the wistful movie theme "Mona Lisa," featuring a string chart arranged by Nelson Riddle, became Cole's third number one pop hit and gold record.

That September, he traveled to Europe for his first international tour, beginning a pattern that would find him giving concerts almost continually in a combination of top nightclubs in major cities and concert halls around the U.S., with occasional trips to Europe, the Far East, and Latin America and extended stays at Las Vegas casinos. In these appearances, he stood for most of the show, only occasional sitting down to play a number or two at the piano. Ashby and Comfort left in 1951, and an announcement was made that the trio was officially dissolved, but that simply meant that Cole henceforth would be billed as a solo act. In practice, he continued to carry a guitarist, John Collins, and a bassist, Charles Harris, along with Costanzo (until he left in 1953 and was replaced by drummer Lee Young), while often augmenting them with an orchestra.

Cole scored his fourth number one pop hit and gold record with "Too Young," which topped the charts on June 23, 1951. His recording of "Unforgettable" peaked at only number 12 on February 2, 1952, but it went on to become one of his better remembered recordings; in 1991, a version of the song by Natalie Cole with the Nat King Cole recording dubbed onto it became a gold record and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. With his 1952 LP Penthouse Serenade, Cole showed that he was not yet ready to dispense with his jazz chops entirely. The disc was an instrumental collection that spent one week at number ten in the album chart in October. Meanwhile, he was also looking for new challenges, taking on small acting roles in the films The Blue Gardenia and Small Town Girl and the television drama Song for a Banjo in 1953. His 1953 album Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, was a Top Ten hit in early 1954 that predated similar "concept" albums by Frank Sinatra.

Although Cole did not score a number one hit in 1953 ("Pretend" peaked at number two), his seven chart entries were enough to rank him among the ten most successful singles artists of the year. His five chart singles in 1954, among them the gold-selling Top Ten hit "Answer Me, My Love," allowed him to repeat this ranking the following year, and he did the same thing in 1955 with another eight chart entries, including the Top Ten hits "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup," "A Blossom Fell," and "If I May." Nine more chart entries allowed him to stay among the most successful singles artists in 1956, even though none of them reached the Top Ten, and he maintained his rank for the fifth straight year in 1957, reaching the Top Ten (and the top of the R&B chart) with "Send for Me." Though he managed one more Top Ten hit, "Looking Back," in 1958, the rise of rock & roll diminished his success on the singles chart. Meanwhile, he returned to a jazz approach on his 1957 LP After Midnight, which paired his backup group with jazz musicians Harry "Sweets" Edison, Stuff Smith, Willie Smith, and Juan Tizol. It was a modest commercial success, quickly followed by the ballad album Love Is the Thing, arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins, which hit number one for the first of eight weeks on May 27, 1957, and eventually was certified platinum.

Meanwhile, in the fall of 1956, Cole became the first African-American host of a network television series when The Nat "King" Cole Show debuted as a 15-minute weekly program on November 5. The show was expanded to a half-hour in July 1957 and ran until December of that year, though it never attracted a national sponsor that might have made it an ongoing success. Cole attributed advertisers' reticence to racism. He returned to his acting career during 1957, appearing in Istanbul and China Gate, and got his most substantial role in 1958 playing blues musician W.C. Handy in a film biography, St. Louis Blues. His last acting role came in Night of the Quarter Moon in 1959. In 1960, he turned his attention to the theater, putting together a musical revue intended for Broadway. The songs were by Dotty Wayne and Ray Rasch, and the album Cole made of them, Wild Is Love, became his first Top Ten LP in three years. The corresponding stage show, I'm With You, was not as successful, opening what was intended to be a pre-Broadway tour in Denver on October 17, 1960, but closing in Detroit on November 26. Cole, however, salvaged the concept of the show for a stage production he called Sights and Sounds: The Merry World of Nat King Cole, featuring a group of dancers and singers, with which he toured regularly from 1961 to 1964.

Cole returned to the Top Ten of the singles chart for the first time in four years with the country-tinged "Ramblin' Rose" in 1962; his album of the same name also reached the Top Ten and eventually was certified platinum. "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" became his last Top Ten hit in the summer of 1963. In December 1964, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Two months later, he died of it at the age of 45.

After his death, Cole continued to appeal to the two almost mutually exclusive audiences that had appreciated him during his life. Jazz fans continued to treasure his recordings of the 1930s and 1940s and to dismiss the non-jazz recordings he had made later. (In 1994, German discographer Klaus Teubig compiled Straighten Up and Fly Right: A Chronology and Discography of Nat "King" Cole, which pointedly cut off in the early '50s.) Pop fans clamored for reissues of Cole's 1950s and '60s music, awarding gold record status to compilations that Capitol continued to assemble, without much worrying about the singer's talent as a piano player. (And, as his recordings fell into the public domain in Europe, where there is a 50-year copyright limit, a spate of low-quality reissues assumed flood levels.) But the ongoing debate was only testament to Cole's ongoing attraction for music lovers, which, in the decades following his untimely end, showed no signs of abating. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography


Track List: Baby - The Unforgettable Series

1. Little Girl

3. After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It

4. Mona Lisa

6. Tis Autumn

7. You're The Cream In My Coffee

8. The More I See You

9. Sweet Lorraine

11. You'll Never Know

12. It's Only A Paper Moon

13. But Not For Me

14. I Thought You Ought To Know

15. Besame Mucho


Track List: Nat King Cole 10th Anniversary

3. Lulubelle (1993 Digital Remaster)

8. I Can't Be Bothered (1993 Digital Remaster)

9. Too Soon

11. The Story Of My Wife

12. Sleeping Beauty

13. Lovelight

14. Where Were You? (1993 Digital Remaster)


Track List: Voices Of Change, Then and Now

1. We Are Americans Too (featuring excerpt from President Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech)

2. Pick Yourself Up (featuring excerpt from President Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech)

3. At Last (2000 Digital Remaster)


Track List: My Fair Lady

1. With A Little Bit Of Luck

2. I Could Have Danced All Night

3. The Rain In Spain

4. On The Street Where You Live

5. I'm An Ordinary Man

6. Get Me To The Church On Time

7. Show Me

8. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

9. You Did It

10. Wouldn't It Be Loverly

11. Hymn To Him


Track List: Wild Is Love

1. Introduction (1994 Digital Remaster)

2. Wild Is Love (1994 Digital Remaster)

3. Hundreds And Thousands Of Girls (1994 Digital Remaster)

4. It's A Beautiful Evening (1994 Digital Remaster)

5. Tell Her In The Morning (1994 Digital Remaster)

6. Are You Disenchanted? (1994 Digital Remaster)

7. Pick-Up (1994 Digital Remaster)

8. Beggar For The Blues (1994 Digital Remaster)

9. World Of No Return (1994 Digital Remaster)

10. In Love Again (1994 Digital Remaster)

11. Stay With It (1994 Digital Remaster)

12. Wouldn't You Know (Her Name Is Mary) (1994 Digital Remaster)

13. He Who Hesitates (1994 Digital Remaster)

14. Wild Is Love Finale (1994 Digital Remaster)


Track List: To Whom It May Concern

1. To Whom It May Concern (1992 Digital Remaster)

2. Love-Wise

3. Too Much

4. In The Heart Of Jane Doe (1994 Digital Remaster)

5. A Thousand Thoughts Of You

6. You're Bringing Out The Dreamer In Me

7. My Heart's Treasure

8. If You Said No

9. Can't Help It

10. Lovesville

11. Unfair

12. This Morning It Was Summer


Track List: Cole Espanol

1. Cachito

2. Maria Elena

3. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)

4. Las Mañanitas

6. El Bodeguero (Grocer's Cha-Cha)

7. Arrivederci Roma

8. Noche De Ronda

9. Tu, Me Delirio

10. Te Quiero, Dijiste (Magic Is The Moonlight)

11. Adelita


Track List: The Very Best Of Nat King Cole

1. Stardust

2. Sweet Lorraine

3. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

4. Straighten Up And Fly Right

5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

6. What'll I Do?

7. Morning Star

8. Penthouse Serenade (Instrumental)

9. Candy

10. Walkin' My Baby Back Home

11. Unforgettable

12. Mona Lisa

13. Nature Boy

14. Somewhere Along The Way

15. Smile

16. A Blossom Fell

17. Can't I?

18. Let There Be Love

19. Almost Like Being In Love

20. Ballerina

21. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)

22. Let's Face The Music And Dance

23. Autumn Leaves (French Version)

24. When I Fall In Love

25. That Sunday, That Summer

26. Looking Back

27. L-O-V-E (Multi-Lingual Version)

28. I Wish You Love (Live)


Track List: L-O-V-E (Italian Version)

1. L-O-V-E (Italian Version)


Track List: L-O-V-E (German Version)

1. L-O-V-E (German Version)


Track List: L-O-V-E (Japanese Version)

1. L-O-V-E (Japanese Version)


Track List: Night Lights

1. Night Lights (2001 Digital Remaster)

2. I Got Love (2001 Digital Remaster)

3. Stay (In My Heart) (2001 Digital Remaster)

4. Mr. Juke Box (2001 Digital Remaster)

5. I Just Found Out About Love (2001 Digital Remaster)

6. Dame Crazy (2001 Digital Remaster)

7. Too Young To Go Steady (2001 Digital Remaster)

8. Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow (2001 Digital Remaster)

9. The Shadows (2001 Digital Remaster)

10. Believe

11. To The Ends Of The Earth (2001 Digital Remaster)

12. Never Let Me Go (2001 Digital Remaster)

13. I Promise You (2001 Digital Remaster)

14. The Way I Love You (2001 Digital Remaster)

15. Once Before (2001 Digital Remaster)

16. Make Me (2001 Digital Remaster)

17. Sometimes I Wonder (2001 Digital Remaster)

18. I Need A Plan (2001 Digital Remaster)

19. I'm Willing To Share This With You (2001 Digital Remaster)

20. The Story's Old (2001 Digital Remaster)


Track List: Nat King Cole One

1. A House With Love At Christmas

2. A House With Love In It

3. Crazy Rhythm

4. Cuba

5. Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

7. I'm Shooting High

8. It's Crazy But I'm In Love

9. It's Only A Paper Moon

10. Jingle Bells

11. Just One Of Those Things


Track List: Love Songs

1. When I Fall In Love

2. Unforgettable

3. The Very Thought Of You

4. Too Young

5. Lets Fall In Love

6. The More I See You

7. Stay As Sweet As You Are

8. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

9. You're My Everything

10. Because You're Mine

11. Around The World

12. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

13. It's All In The Game

14. You Made Me Love You

15. For All We Know

16. There Goes My Heart

17. Love Letters

18. Answer Me

19. Stardust

20. Autumn Leaves

21. These Foolish Things (Spead It Abroad)

22. You'll Never Know

23. Let There Be Love

24. More


Track List: Chronological Classics: Nat King Cole 1949

1. Laugh ! Cool Clown

2. Bop Kick

3. For All We Know

5. Lush Life

7. 'tis Autumn

8. Yes Sir, Thats My Baby

12. Last But Not Least

15. I Get Sentimental Over Nothing

16. Who Do You Know In Heaven

19. My Mother Told Me

20. Exactly Like You

21. All I Want For Christmas


Track List: Chronological Classics: Nat King Cole 1947-1948

1. Put 'em In A Box, Tie 'em With A Ribbon

2. Blue And Sentimental

3. I've Got A Way With Women

4. My Fair Lady

7. Lost April

8. Lost April

11. Lulubelle

13. Leap Here

14. Metronome Riff

15. Portrait Of Jennie

16. It Only Happens Once

17. My Mother Told Me

21. An Old Piano Plays The Blues


Track List: Sings For Lovers Only

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3

Track List: Unforgettable

1. The Very Thought Of You

2. It's Only A Paper Moon

3. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

4. Mona Lisa

5. Unforgettable

6. L-O-V-E

7. This Can't Be Love

8. Smile

9. Lush Life

10. That Sunday, That Summer

11. Orange Colored Sky

12. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

13. Tenderly

14. Autumn Leaves

15. Straighten Up And Fly Right

16. Avalon

17. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

18. Too Young

19. Nature Boy

20. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

21. Almost Like Being In Love

22. Thou Swell

23. Non Dimenticar

24. Our Love Is Here To Stay

25. Unforgettable


Track List: Hit That Jive, Jack

1. Sweet Lorraine

2. Honeysuckle Rose

3. Gone With The Draft

7. Scotchin' With The Soda

9. Early Morning Blues

10. This Will Make You Laugh

11. Stop, The Red Light's On

13. I Like To Riff

14. Call The Police

15. Are You Fer It?

16. That Ain't Right

17. Hit That Jive, Jack


Track List: The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1942 - 1946)

1. All For You

2. Straighten Up And Fly Right

3. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You

4. If You Can't Smile And Say Yes

5. Sweet Lorraine

6. Embraceable You

7. It's Only A Paper Moon

8. I Realize Now

9. I'm A Shy Guy

10. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

11. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry

12. I'm Thru With Love

13. Come To Baby, Do

14. The Frim Fram Sauce

16. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

17. Baby, Baby All the Time

18. But She's My Buddy's Chick

19. You Call it Madness (But I Call It Love)

21. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

22. You're the Cream In My Coffee


Track List: At The Movies

1. St. Louis Blues

2. Song Of Delilah

3. My Flaming Heart

4. Small Towns Are Smile Towns

5. Blue Gardenia

6. Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)

7. I'd Rather Have The Blues (Aka Blues From A Kiss Me Deadly)

8. Never Let Me Go

9. Autumn Leaves (French Version)

10. I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)

11. When I Fall In Love

12. Tangerine

13. China Gate

14. Fascination

15. The Song Of Raintree County

16. Night Of The Quarter Moon

17. To Whom It May Concern

18. In The Cool Of The Day


Track List: Thank You, Pretty Baby

1. Magic Moment

2. Make It Last

3. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)

4. Thank You, Pretty Baby

5. Unfair

6. Magic Night

7. People

8. United

9. Brazilian Love Song

10. One Sun

11. Mr. Wishing Well


Track List: Sincerely

1. Sweethearts On Parade

2. You Are Mine

3. Let Me Tell You, Babe

4. No Other Heart

5. Because You Love Me

6. Cappuccina

7. Let True Love Begin

8. Baby Blue

9. Silver Bird

10. Nothing In The World

11. Take A Fool's Advice


Track List: The Beautiful Ballads

1. Felicia

2. Miss Me

3. Marnie

4. Here's To My Lady

5. A Fool Was I

6. Bend A Little My Way

7. You'll See

8. If I Knew

9. Back In My Arms

10. When It's Summer

11. I'll Always Be Remembering


Track List: Let's Face The Music

1. Day In - Day Out

2. Bidin' My Time

3. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

4. Warm And Willing

5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)

6. Cold, Cold Heart

7. Something Makes Me Want To Dance With You

8. Moon Love

9. The Rules Of The Road

10. Ebony Rhapsody

11. Too Little, Too Late

12. Let's Face The Music And Dance


Track List: Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer

1. Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer

2. Get Out And Get Under The Moon

3. There Is A Tavern In The Town

4. On A Bicycle Built For Two

5. That Sunday, That Summer

6. On The Sidewalks Of New York

7. Our Old Home Team

8. After The Ball Is Over

9. You Tell Me Your Dream

10. That's What They Meant (By The Good Old Summertime)

11. Don't Forget

12. In The Good Old Summertime

13. Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer (Reprise)


Track List: Top Pops

1. Somewhere Along The Way

2. Walkin' My Baby Back Home

3. Faith Can Move Mountains

4. Funny (Not Much)

5. Hold My Hand

6. Teach Me Tonight

7. I'm Never Satisfied

8. Because You're Mine

9. The Ruby And The Pearl

10. A Weaver Of Dreams

11. Papa Loves Mambo

12. If I Give My Heart To You


Track List: Dear Lonely Hearts

1. Dear Lonely Hearts

2. Miss You

3. Why Should I Cry Over You?

4. Near You

5. Yearning (Just For You)

6. My First And Only Lover

7. All Over The World

8. Oh, How I Miss You Tonight

9. Lonesome And Sorry

10. All By Myself

11. Who's Next In Line?

12. It's A Lonesome Old Town


Track List: Ramblin Rose (1987 Digital Remaster)

1. Ramblin' Rose

2. Wolverton Mountain

3. Twilight On The Trail

4. I Don't Want It That Way

5. He'll Have To Go

6. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)

7. Goodnight, Irene, Goodnight

8. Your Cheatin' Heart

9. One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart

10. Skip To My Lou

11. The Good Times

12. Sing Another Song (And We'll All Go Home)


Track List: More Cole Español

1. La Feria De Las Flores

2. Tres Palabras

3. Las Chiapanecas

4. Adios Marquita Linda

5. Aqui Se Habla En Amor

6. Vaya Con Dios

7. La Golondrina

8. No Me Platiques

9. A Media Luz

10. Guadalajara

11. Solamente Una Vez

12. Piel Canela


Track List: The Touch Of Your Lips

1. The Touch Of Your Lips

2. I Remember You

3. Illusion

4. You're Mine, You!

5. Funny (Not Much)

6. Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)

7. Sunday, Monday, Or Always

8. Not So Long Ago

9. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

10. Only Forever

11. My Need For You

12. Lights Out


Track List: At The Sands

1. Ballerina

2. Funny (Not Much)

3. The Continental

4. I Wish You Love

5. You Leave Me Breathless

6. Thou Swell

7. My Kinda Love

8. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top

9. Where Or When (Album Version)

10. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)

11. Joe Turner Blues

12. Mr. Cole Won't Rock And Roll

13. In A Mellow Tone (2002 Digital Remaster)

14. Whatcha' Gonna Do (2002 Digital Remaster)


Track List: Tell Me All About Yourself

1. Tell Me All About Yourself

2. (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along

3. The Best Thing For You

4. When You Walked By

5. Crazy She Calls Me

6. You've Got The Indian Sign On Me

7. For You

8. Dedicated To You

9. You Are My Love

10. This Is Always

11. My Life

12. (I Would Do) Anything For You


Track List: A Mis Amigos

1. Ay, Cosita Linda

2. Aquellos Ojos Verdes

3. Suas Maos

4. Capullito De Aleli

5. Caboclo Do Rio

6. Fantastico

7. Nadie Me Ama (No One Loves Me)

8. Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros

9. Perfidia

10. El Choclo

11. Ansiedad

12. Nao Tenho Lagrimas


Track List: Welcome To The Club

1. Welcome To The Club

2. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere

3. The Blues Don't Care

4. Mood Indigo

5. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home

6. The Late, Late Show

7. Avalon

8. She's Funny That Way

9. I Want A Little Girl

10. Wee Baby Blues

11. Look Out For Love


Track List: The Very Thought Of You

1. The Very Thought Of You

2. But Beautiful

3. Impossible

4. I Wish I Knew The Way To Your Heart (Notorious)

5. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)

6. Magnificent Obsession

7. My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)

8. Paradise

9. This Is All I Ask

10. Cherie, I Love You

11. Making Believe You're Here

12. Cherchez La Femme

13. For All We Know

14. The More I See You

15. Don't Blame Me

16. There Is No Greater Love


Track List: After Midnight: The Complete Session

1. Just You, Just Me

2. Sweet Lorraine

3. Sometimes I'm Happy

4. Caravan

5. It's Only A Paper Moon

6. You're Looking At Me

7. The Lonely One

8. Don't Let It Go To Your Head

9. I Know That You Know

10. Blame It On My Youth

11. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

12. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

13. I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)

14. You Can Depend On Me

15. What Is There To Say?

16. Two Loves Have I

17. Candy

18. You're Looking At Me (Alternate Take)


Track List: This Is Nat King Cole

1. Dreams Can Tell A Lie (2003)

2. I Just Found Out About Love (2001)

3. Too Young To Go Steady (2003)

4. Forgive My Heart (2003)

5. Annabelle

6. Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You

7. To The Ends Of The Earth (2003)

8. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life

9. Someone You Love (2003)

10. Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow (2001)

11. That's All (1995)

12. Never Let Me Go (2001)


Track List: Ballads Of The Day

1. A Blossom Fell (1992 Digital Remaster)

2. Unbelievable (1992 Digital Remaster)

3. Blue Gardenia (1992 Digital Remaster)

4. Angel Eyes (1992 Digital Remaster)

5. It Happens To Be Me (1992 Digital Remaster)

6. Smile (1992 Digital Remaster)

7. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup (1992 Digital Remaster)

8. Alone Too Long (1992 Digital Remaster)

9. My One Sin (In Life) (1992 Digital Remaster)

10. Return To Paradise (1992 Digital Remaster)

11. If Love Is Good To Me (1992 Digital Remaster)

12. The Sand And The Sea (1992 Digital Remaster)


Track List: Penthouse Serenade

1. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) (1998 Digital Remaster)

2. Somebody Loves Me (1998 Remaster)

3. Laura (1998 Remaster)

4. Once In A Blue Moon (Based On Rubenstein's Melody In F) (1998 Remaster)

5. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (1998 Remaster)

6. Down By The Old Mill Stream (1998 Remaster)

7. If I Should Lose You (1998 Remaster)

8. Rose Room (1998 Remaster)

9. I Surrender, Dear (1998 Remaster)

10. It Could Happen To You (1998 Remaster)

11. Don't Blame Me (1998 Remaster)

12. Little Girl (1998 Remaster)

13. I Surrender, Dear

14. Walkin' My Baby Back Home

15. Too Marvelous For Words

16. Too Young

17. That's My Girl

18. It's Only A Paper Moon

19. Unforgettable


Track List: My Heart Tells Me

2. Impossible

4. Magnificent Obsession

5. Paradise

6. This Is All I Ask

8. Making Believe You're Here

9. Cherchez La Femme

11. For All We Know

12. The More I See You

13. But Beautiful

14. Don't Blame Me

15. Happy New Year

16. The Very Thought Of You

17. Farewell To Arms

18. There Is No Greater Love


Track List: Boleros (In Spanish)

1. Perfidia

2. Vaya Con Dios

3. Noche De Ronda

6. Nadie Me Ama

9. No Me Platiques

10. Maria Elena

11. Solamente Una Vez

15. Ansiedad


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I Wish You Love
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I. Love the song
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That is a good song
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IT WAS ,,, IT WAS ....
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Speaking of the audio side of this great classic, there was an audio exhibit demonstratio n of When I Fall in Love played on a Bentley priced audio system using a CD and a heavy grade vinyl 33 1/3 RPM LP album for music sources. The vinyl sound blew away the CD You could close your eyes and picture Mr. Cole singing on stage and you are in the center front row. I appreciated Nat King Cole's warm, gentle voice even more.
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He truly was a gorgeous gentleman. I was so lucky to meet him when I was just a little girl. He was headlining at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ. Recognized him from his wildly popular TV show and went over to his dinner table...he graciously gave me his autograph... w h a t a big smile he gave me! Great memory...
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Boza NAT the n th degree
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His voice was, and still is pure magic. One of the immortals.
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Love Mr. Cole smooth jazz music....
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His mesmerizing voice always makes me stop whatever I'm doing and listen. I absolutely love his songs.
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When things get bad,smile just smile.even though your crying inside
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Such a great Artist..His song's live forever
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Love ur SIMPLY comment❤
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Ktm 1989
What a (right on) description of NKC. I have always loved his voice. And, it's not just his voice. His presence is nothing less than (perfect)
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Nat king Cole's version of " When I Fall In Fall " is one of the finest recordings dedicated to the yearning for true love .
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his voice is like a warm blanket
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This song and his voice just stun me with beauty.
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Love his music
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I think what we are talking about here is a term referred to as PERFECT "elocution" I find most music is sadly void of this incredible embodiment of perfection. It unequivocall y stands out in absolutely everything Nat King Cole does. This is one main reason we love him so much!!!!! Honestly, it is really shocking the miss-mash of stuff put out there today & called music. I find a lot of it down right"abrasi v e " t o my ears !! No wonder many of us keep asking, "where's the music??
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Your comment you made a few months back is "RIGHT ON POINT". I could not agree with you more!!!!
I really feel that the standards set by much of today's music have discredited the importance of clear enunciation! ! What happened to the importance of being able to understand the the lyrics in the music we listen to?? Thanks for your comment.
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Don't ever atempt to read me the book will be on a shelf unread forever!! No it is not a broken heart it's just me !!
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Honestly we've gotten so far away from the classics our music sucks these days, like " work work work work" c'mon can't we come up with anything better
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Who likes the very thought of you
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Love you
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who is the woman he's singing with?
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who is the woman he's singing with?
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i agree meji112ab
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i agree meji112ab
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Totally agree
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I love listening to real singers,beau t i f u l voices a perfect diction,ever y . w o r d is guessing what they are saying...tho s e are real artist's!
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Cat Ballou is a really fine film; mostly a western comedy. Nat plays a troubadour singing the Ballad of Cat Ballou. Lee Marvin turns in a fantastic performance as does Jane Fonda. I believe I am correct that the film was released in 1965, the year after Nat's death.
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Excellent bio on one of my all time favorite artists - Nat King Cole. Nat was the epitome of class and style. One of my favorite songs by Nat is Dance Ballerina Dance. I believe that in this fine history of Nat there is an error, and a fairly major error at that. The article says Nat's last acting role was in a film Night of the Quarter Moon in 1959. In 1964, while he was battling lung cancer, Nat had a wonderful role as the Sunrise Kid in the film Cat Ballou.
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There's no new artists like this man anymore. Or Ella. So sad.
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I just realized that all of my favorite artists are dead, Frank, Nat, Bing, Dino, Jimmy, Louis, Ella, all of them!!! * starts crying *
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I love this music, it soothes me and brings back so many wonderful memories... la moire , dancing all nite
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i love you love alexis mayer
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Great singer and pleasant music.
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One of the true giants in popular music. My mother was a big fan of Nat King Cole and viewed his television show regularly before it was canceled. She told me that on his last TV show, he closed with the song It's Just One of Those Things. That said it all!
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�� the greatest thing ... you'll ever learn ... is just to love ... and be loved ... in return ...��
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This song is so deep I saw Adele rolling in it!
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