(apologies for the record back log & mass email this week for the awesome folks that “follow” me. It’s been 30 degrees here. Listening to the records has been awesome but indoor computer time has been limited. thanks for sticking with me!)
Who doesn’t love Nat King Cole? My sweety had this album playing when I came downstairs (to a killer omelette breakfast ~ thanks babe). It just sets a tone in the house, a total timeless, jazz, keeper. He goes well with eggs. A shameless revue from an inexperienced music diva. It’s safe to say this album is one of the gems I was hoping to acquire during this record a day adventure. He was an incredible man whom we could dedicate an entire fan website to. His talent was huge in addressing racism. Nature Boy is a compilation album from 1965. Nat put out or was on over 200 albums, even after his time. His widow passed away a few weeks ago.
Here’s a live video with him and the Oscar Peterson Trio that really speaks to the tone.
wiki:Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death. Cole fought racism all his life and rarely performed in segregated venues. In 1956, he was assaulted on stage during a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, with theTed Heath Band (while singing the song “Little Girl”), by three members of the North Alabama Citizens Council (a group led by Education of Little Tree authorAsa “Forrest” Carter, himself not among the attackers), who apparently were attempting to kidnap him (Ruuth 14). The three male attackers ran down the aisles of the auditorium towards Cole and his band. Although local law enforcement quickly ended the invasion of the stage, the ensuing melée toppled Cole from his piano bench and injured his back. Cole did not finish the concert and never again performed in the South. A fourth member of the group who had participated in the plot was later arrested in connection with the act. All were later tried and convicted for their roles in the crime.
- Nat King Cole’s wife Maria dead at 90 (upi.com)