COLE, Nat King: Soundies and Telescriptions


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- (Disc 1)

James, Ida - Vocals

(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
Sweet Lorraine
Little Girl
Home (When Shadows Fall)
The Trouble With Me Is You
Calypso Blues
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
That's My Girl
Captain Carey, U.S.A.
Because of Rain
Too Young
This Is My Night to Dream
You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
Got a Penny, Benny
Come to Baby, Do
I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
I'm a Shy Guy
Who's Been Eating My Porridge
The Frim-Fram Sauce
Oh, Kickeroony
Now He Tells Me
Breezy and the Bass
Solid Potato Salad
It Is Better to Be by Yourself
Always You

Catalogue Number: IDVD1017
UPC: 022891901792

Before achieving international pop stardom with his vocal recordings for the Capitol label during the early 50's, the great Nat "King" Cole (1917-1965) enjoyed considerable success fronting his own trio in Hollywood and resorting to a repertoire of jazzy/jivey/novelty numbers that made for irresistible listening. Initially backed by guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince, singer-pianist Cole set for a smooth, crisp, appealing sound that gained him early popularity. Best exemplified in hit tunes such as Rout 66, Scotchin' With the Sode, Sweet Lorraine or Hit That Hive Jack, the peculiar Nat Cole style somewhat came to define the spirit of the war years.

A first-class singer and a very talented pianist, Nat Cole did frequent soundies during this initial period of his career, and this recording is a fascinating collection of those early film shorts produced for theaters and television. Backed by sideman guitarists Oscar Moore, bassists Irving Ashby, Johnny Miller and Joe Comfort and Latin percussionists Jack Costanzo, Cole was in peak artistic form in these true musical gems from his early West Coast period. Recommended to old-time fans and jazz enthusiasts alike, the music in this anthology sounds as enjoyable as ever.

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