|Nat King Cole was born on March 17, 1919|
Who's the smoothest, coolest cat to ever croon a classy tune?
Let's put down the Guinness for a moment and spend a few moments remembering one of the most distinctive voices of the Great American Songbook, Nat King Cole. With his rich baritone sound, Cole become an icon of the cool mid-century style, pre-Rock and post-Swing. Moreover, he trail blazed a path to stardom for the many African-American performers that were soon to follow in the Pop/R&B scene.
As regards most male vocalists of the era, such as Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin, I'm not much of a fan. The music simply doesn't appeal to me and neither do the performance stylings of the period. However, Nat King Cole stands out with a subtle jazziness that gives depth to his songs. The typical "Rat Pack" performance was mostly style and little substance, but Cole had both.
|Nat King Cole|
So let's listen to a few classic pieces. ;-)
Here are some vids:
"Frim Fram Sauce"
"Straighten Up and Fly Right"
"A Blossom Fell"
"You're Looking at Me"