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Nat King Cole – Nature Boy (1948)

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‘Nature Boy’ was first recorded by Nat King Cole. Released as a single by Capitol Records in 1948, it is one of the earliest pop songs to feature on this blog. It was written by Eden Ahbez, an unusual chap by any measure. A beatnik poet and proto-hippie, Ahbez chose to wear long hair and Jesus kit. When Capitol Records sought Ahbez and the publishing rights, a deal was far from straightforward. Eventually they located him camping out beneath the first L in the “Hollywood” sign. The back story seems at odds with one of the smoothest sounds in the pop canon. Have a great weekend.

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The King Cole Trio – The Christmas Song (1946)

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“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire….” The Christmas Song’ was written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. The King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. Happy Christmas my blog-reading friends.

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Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (1975)

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I was sad to hear that Natalie Cole passed away last week. With a father like Nat King Cole, she may have always been a be part of the music royalty whether the sound lived up to the billing or not. But to kick off a career with tracks like ‘This Will Be’ and ‘Sophisticated Lady’ was more than the critics could have hoped for. Much like her father, she blended pop and soul effortlessly. I choose Cole’s debut single for its sunny disposition. It featured on her 1975 album Inseparable. Rest in peace.

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Nat King Cole – Smile (1954)

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Based on an theme tune used in Charlie Chaplin’s movie Modern Times, ‘Smile’ was brought to life by the lyricism of two Brits, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, and the calming tones of Nathaniel Adams Coles – aka Nat King Cole. Have a great weekend.

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