Tuesday, March 17, 2009

We remember Nat King Cole!


Like many of you, I grew up with Nat King Cole's songs on my parents' turntable.

In our case, it was listening to Nat King Cole singing in Spanish.

Did you know that Nat King Cole recorded an album of Spanish songs in Cuba in 1957?

It's still one of my parents' favorites! I like it a lot too! I also have come to appreciate NKC's great voice and arrangements!

Scott Johnson posted this note about Nat King Cole:

"Today is the anniversary of the birth of the great Nat "King" Cole.

Cole was born on St. Patricks's Day, though until Daniel Mark Epstein did the research for his biography of Cole, we weren't entirely sure that the year was 1919.

He was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in Chicago after his father moved the family there in 1923 to pursue a career in the ministry.

Cole first made his name as a jazz pianist. He developed an intensely loyal jazz audience with the King Cole Trio (Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince on bass), the outfit that established the piano/guitar/bass format as a formidable jazz vehicle.

It is almost unbelievable, given Cole's talent as a vocalist, that the Trio in fact began as an instrumental combo."

Cole was one of the greatest male vocalists of the 20th century. He died awfully young but his music lives on.

It's impossible to pick a Nat King Cole favorite. This is "That Sunday, that summer", one of his last hits:

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"(If I had to choose just one day)

If I had to choose just one day
To last my whole life through
It would surely be that Sunday
The day that I met you

Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a-coming in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showing off their skills
Nodding all together,
I could almost hear them whisper
"Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her"

If I had to choose one moment
To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment
Recalling how we started
Darling, it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer

Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a-comin' in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showin' off their skill
Nodding all together, I could almost hear them whisper
"Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her"

If I had to choose one moment
To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment
Recalling how we started
Darling, it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer"

"Te quiero dijiste" is one of those Spanish songs that Cole recorded. I'm sure that my parents danced to this a lot before the 3 of us kids took so much of their time!

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