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Nat King Cole

My new boyfriend gave me a CD of his to listen to.

I grudgingly did and am completely transfixed. This man's voice is unreal. Absolutely stunning.

by Anonymousreply 7001/12/2014

Thank you for this bulletin.

by Anonymousreply 105/15/2012

I only have his Unforgettable album, after having his daughter's album covering his. She was more upbeat / jazzy tempo'd, but I love how well Nat (father) enunciated. If only modern-day singers could enunciate, I'd be happy.

by Anonymousreply 205/15/2012

"Mona Lisa" is beyond a doubt, his best recorded song.

by Anonymousreply 305/15/2012

I love his version of I Remember You.

by Anonymousreply 405/15/2012

And Azure Te with George Shearing, my favorite NKC song.

by Anonymousreply 505/15/2012

"Walking My Baby Back Home" is another great one. But " Mona Lisa" is my fave. John Legend has a bit of Nat in his voice, but no one els like him. I believe Sinatra said Nat was his favorite male singer, Ella, female.

by Anonymousreply 605/15/2012

He's wonderful. Christmas Song is my favorite xmas song, Unforgettable is just that. Such a gorgeous, syrupy voice. And L is for Love is such a happy cheery song...

..doesn't hurt that I remember Kurt Browning skating to it every time I hear it too!

by Anonymousreply 705/15/2012

Good, slow romantic song- " The Very Thought Of You "

Like buttah

by Anonymousreply 805/15/2012

Nature Boy is beautiful and haunting and a bit gay.

by Anonymousreply 905/15/2012

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer...

by Anonymousreply 1005/15/2012

Let There Be Love.

by Anonymousreply 1105/15/2012

I've just ordered the Nat and George Shearing album, after seeing this - I had it on vinyl but not on cd which had 3 extra tracks, cant wait to get it on my ipod. Its an essential album like Frank's Songs for Swinging Lovers. Nat's has a lot of melancholy songs on it suitable for every mood, and it swings too.

by Anonymousreply 1205/15/2012

I remember seeing him in Cat Ballou, mid 60s Jane Fonda flick - he must have died shortly afterwards, he was only in his 40s I think, another victim of smoking ? (he was 45 actually).

by Anonymousreply 1305/15/2012

I fucked his son

by Anonymousreply 1405/15/2012

I agree R12, the Nat King Cole/Shearing album is sublime.

by Anonymousreply 1505/15/2012

RE 14 Was that information necessary ? It was such a nice, and gentle thread.

by Anonymousreply 1605/15/2012

L-O-V-E is another favorite

by Anonymousreply 1705/15/2012

He was a pretty fair piano player, too, ya know. It's kind of unfortunate the way he was re-branded as a "crooner," as that's the only way most people think of him nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 1805/16/2012

It amazes me that he was initially very reluctant to sing considering that he possessed one of the greatest voices of all time.

by Anonymousreply 1905/16/2012

Best LP The Midnight Sessions - NKC with quartet, no strings. He plays piano & sings. Also check out the At The Sands album.

by Anonymousreply 2005/16/2012

He sings with a great depth of feeling. Much less flash than Sinatra, though they shared arrangers.

Incredible output in terms of quantity and quality. Clooney said he could make ANY song sound good--she was right.

Also a pioneer in crossover: he did country, multi-lingual records, etc.

Some of his non-May, non-Riddle arrangements have too much strings and angel chorus, but he really did leave behind some amazing work, with intimate ballads and up tunes.

Plus, as noted, a wonder at the piano.

Where are all the episodes of his TV show in a box set? The Bear Family Capitol CD boxes are a treasure.

by Anonymousreply 2105/16/2012

Sinatra is always called the greatest male singer of his time. I have always thought it was NKC. He died young, and of course he was black, so... but his voice and his musicianship were unmatched. He started out as a jazz pianist.

by Anonymousreply 2205/16/2012

Autumn Leaves. When you are depressed it knows just what to do.

That is all.

by Anonymousreply 2305/16/2012

Nat "King" Cole has been dead for around fifty years. You people are fucking old!

by Anonymousreply 2405/16/2012

R21, Nat Cole was a jazz pianist FIRST. Ever hear of the Nat King Cole trio? They had the first #1 album (78) when they started charting albums in the 1940s.

"Also a pioneer in crossover: he did country, multi-lingual records, etc"

Um, I love Cole, but his attempts at country and Spanish are embarrassingly bad.

by Anonymousreply 2505/16/2012

I love Rambling Rose, embarrassing or not.

by Anonymousreply 2605/16/2012

My great grandmother liked Nat King Cole, and then she died.

by Anonymousreply 2705/16/2012

[quote]Nat "King" Cole has been dead for around fifty years. You people are fucking old!

The amazing thin about recordings is that they let you hear things you might not have been around for. Even someone like you could by he hang of them, with enough practice!

by Anonymousreply 2805/16/2012

"Even someone like you could by he hang of them, with enough practice!"

Well I guess you got me there.

by Anonymousreply 2905/16/2012

another ditto on the piano playing. They were playing some of his piano work on NPR recently and I was blown away.

by Anonymousreply 3005/16/2012

RE 24 Do you think 50 years from now, we'll be talking about how amazing Rhinna, Jay Z, Kesha, Britney, or Kanye's voice, and recordings are ? Ain't never gonna happen. This 'old' crop of singers are still popular because they were true artists - they created something lasting, and profound. To use a bad analogy, the reason we still appreciate great art works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, etc. is because they are magnificent, and beautiful - as opposed to the prints you can buy at any Ross, or Marshalls, by unknown artists, which are sloppy, and uninteresting. Those artists will all be forgotten......along with the aformentioned Kanye, etc.

by Anonymousreply 3105/16/2012

R31 is right, the classic singers are timeless.

by Anonymousreply 3205/16/2012

I like NKC, but I like the (IMO) underappreciated Johnny Hartman better

by Anonymousreply 3305/16/2012

OP, agree with you.

NKC was truly, truly great.

by Anonymousreply 3405/16/2012

Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee. They don't get any better than that.

by Anonymousreply 3505/16/2012

Route 66

by Anonymousreply 3605/16/2012

Ditto R33 -- Johnny Hartman is wonderful and almost unknown to most people

by Anonymousreply 3705/16/2012

I didn't know about Hartman until I heard him in The Bridges of Madison County soundtrack. His version of Lush Life with Coltrane is great.

by Anonymousreply 3805/16/2012

There Will Never Be Another You

by Anonymousreply 3905/16/2012

His version of I WISH YOU LOVE is wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 4005/16/2012

This one's my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 4105/16/2012

Wow. I was going to invoke Johnny Hartman when somebody mentioned something about great, under appreciated vocalists, but I held back, so as not to divert the thread. I've been a JH fan for over thirty years and it does my heart good to see others feel the same.

Back on Nat, for those who are interested, he has a brother Freddie who is still alive and performing. He has a similar sound, but a unique presence--he's no "tribute" performer, he does his own thing. I've seen him live, and I highly recommend it. These great old cats won't be around much longer...

by Anonymousreply 4205/16/2012

I think Nat King Cole's Stardust may be the best song ever recorded.

by Anonymousreply 4305/16/2012

Oh yeah, forgot about Stardust. Love his version. Saw a Bette Davis documentary a while back, and they said it was Davis' favorite song. It played over the end credits.

by Anonymousreply 4405/16/2012

I loved it when black vocalists had the option of singing with soul or not. A couple more of my favorites are Gene McDaniels and Danny Williams. I remember dropping acid to Cole's 'Ramblin' Rose' and 'Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer' while the other kids were doping to surf music.

by Anonymousreply 4505/16/2012

I remember Nat sang Stardust at Kennedy's inauguration and you could hear a pin drop. It was magical.

by Anonymousreply 4605/16/2012

I love old songs. They don't sing like this anymore.

by Anonymousreply 4705/16/2012

Stardust - my favorite. I also like A Blossom Fell.

by Anonymousreply 4805/16/2012

His son, Kelly, had a huge dick.

by Anonymousreply 4905/16/2012

Kelly died

by Anonymousreply 5005/16/2012

It's a shame that a lot of people only know Natalie Cole through the Unforgettable album.

Here first four albums and especially her live album (Natalie Live!) are spectacular and show incredible soulful singing chops. There was real talk that she would be the next Queen of Soul after Aretha, and those albums show why. But, then the drugs and time away, and though she had some good music when she came back it was nothing like the early years.

by Anonymousreply 5105/16/2012

You've heard this, haven't you? His estate had a hand in it.

by Anonymousreply 5205/16/2012

September Song

Theres a Lull in my Life ...

by Anonymousreply 5305/17/2012

"Nat "King" Cole has been dead for around fifty years. You people are fucking old!"

And you are a fucking retard.

by Anonymousreply 5405/17/2012

I love his version of September Song that R53 mentions, so beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 5505/17/2012

Is Donna Summer dead? Can someone confirm this and make a thread on it?

by Anonymousreply 5605/17/2012

Nat King Cole was part of my youth, and no R24 I'm not THAT old but my parents were and I grew up on his music. Sundays were reserved for classical music and opera but the rest of the time it was people like Nat, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Diana Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, the Platters (yeah R47) and The Inkspots (who are still my go-to music for a long relaxing bath).

There was no Top of the Pops or Top 30 in my house till I got enough saved up doing weekend jobs to buy my own little transistor radio (remember those!) for my room. In the end though - and while I do like some of the more "modern" music - I always go back to the "oldies" because the arrangements and orchestrations are just so beautiful and those people had great voices and could actually sing (no auto-tune there).

My favorite Nat King Cole song (well my all time favorite song - I have hundreds of different versions of this) : Smile

by Anonymousreply 5705/17/2012

Nat Cole hated, HATED HATED HATED Rock & Roll's guts!

Natalie told the story on a 1970s Mike Douglas Show (when asked) that Nat hated The Beatles, but since they were on the same record label, he brought home free Beatles albums for her.

Later, when asked what her father would think about being inducted into the Rock N Roll hall of Fame, Natalie said he'd be turning in his grave.

by Anonymousreply 5805/17/2012

Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Sam Cooke. Easily THE most recognizable voices ever. I remember watching him on TV back in the. He always had a lit cigarette in an ashtray on the piano. Back then everyone smoked.

by Anonymousreply 5905/17/2012

[quote]It's a shame that a lot of people only know Natalie Cole through the Unforgettable album.

I agree. Her pop/R&B stuff from the 80's was actually really good fun pop fluff, like the "Dangerous" and "Everlasting" albums. I don't know why she doesn't perform songs from those albums instead of the boring easy listening shit she performs all the time.

by Anonymousreply 6002/01/2013

Sinatra said Tony Bennett was his favorite vocalist.

I thought of Nat King Cole when the Karen Carpenter/Bette Midler thread was happening. So many people said Karen's voice was boring and had no range but the same could be said about Nat's voice. I'm not hating I like them both. Just sayin.

by Anonymousreply 6102/01/2013

Can somebody please start a thread on Natalie Cole so we can discuss her interesting life?


by Anonymousreply 6201/11/2014

R58 Judy Garland hated Rock and Roll as well. Lorna told a story about how she would play the Beatles all the time and Judy just hated them and Rock.

I guess they saw it as the end of their era or "Brand" of music.

by Anonymousreply 6301/11/2014

Nat King Cole was also a great jazz pianist, a fact overshadowed by his wonderful voice and charisma.

by Anonymousreply 6401/11/2014

Try "Stardust."

by Anonymousreply 6501/11/2014

[quote]It amazes me that he was initially very reluctant to sing considering that he possessed one of the greatest voices of all time.

Another way in which he was not unlike Karen Carpenter, who started as a drummer.

by Anonymousreply 6601/11/2014

I've read on several other past articles, that Sinatra said his favorite singer was Tony Bennett. And, Sinatra supposedly said that the only male singer, among the newer ones, he could listen to, was Matt Munro.

by Anonymousreply 6701/11/2014

Nat "King" Cole had more #1 hits than most other male singers. Most are already mentioned, but he had the #1 bestselling record of 1951, with "Too Young". The previous year, he came in at #2, with "Mona Lisa".

Another favorite #1: (I love you,)For Sentimental Reasons.

Hardly ever heard, but huge favorites of mine: "That's All There Is To That", with The Four Knights in the background.

"They Can't Make Her Cry". Beautiful melody. It's from "Cat Ballou".

by Anonymousreply 6801/11/2014

Hello! Can someone start a thread on NATALIE Cole?

by Anonymousreply 6901/12/2014

The only Christmas song I like is Nat King Cole's rendition of O! Holy Night. His voice was so beautiful, and his enunciation was perfect.

by Anonymousreply 7001/12/2014
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