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Nat King Cole 1960-64

Features music from the last five years of Nat King Cole's career, including pop, novelty, big band, country, and show tunes.

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Nat King Cole 1960-64

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Music from Nat King Cole including pop, novelty, and big band numbers to country-western and show tunes from the last five years of his career.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature music from the last five years of Nat King Cole’s career, a period that found him singing everything from pop, novelty, and big band numbers to country-western and show tunes.

We’ll devote an entire set to his masterful late-night torch-ballad record Where Did Everyone Go , and we’ll hear Cole’s collaborations with George Shearing and Billy May, plus more music drawn from the new Bear Family collection, L-O-V-E .

Other artists on this edition of Afterglow include pianists Duke Jordan and Hank Jones, Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn, bandleader and arranger Onzy Matthews, and singer Kurt Elling.

Music Heard On This Episode

Where Did Everyone Go?
Nat King Cole — Where Did Everyone Go? (Capitol, 1963)
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Where Did Everyone Go?
Nat King Cole — Where Did Everyone Go? (Capitol, 1963)
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Change Partners/If You Never Come to Me
Kurt Elling — Nightmoves (Concord, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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A New Samba for Margo
Onzy Matthews — Onzy Matthews: Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1963)
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I Could Have Danced All Night
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings My Fair Lady (Capitol, 1964)
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She
Billy Strayhorn All-Stars — The Johnny Hodges/Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn All-Stars (Prestige, 1950)

Notes: Duke Ellington composition.

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Star Bright
Duke Jordan — Flight to Jordan (Blue Note, 1960)
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Say It Isn't So
Nat King Cole — Where Did Everyone Go? (Capitol, 1963)
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Laughing On the Outside
Nat King Cole — Where Did Everyone Go? (Capitol, 1963)

Notes: Capitol

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I Keep Going Back to Joe's
Nat King Cole — Where Did Everyone Go? (Capitol, 1963)
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If Love Ain't There
Nat King Cole — Where Did Everyone Go? (Capitol, 1963)
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The Summary
Hank Jones — Upon Reflection: the Music of Thad Jones (Verve, 1993)

Notes: With George Mraz on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.

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The Street Where You Live
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings My Fair Lady (Capitol, 1964)
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Indian Summer
Dave Brubeck — Indian Summer (TelArc, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings My Fair Lady (Capitol, 1964)
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Too Little, Too Late
Nat King Cole — The Billy May Sessions (Capitol, 1961)
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A Beautiful Friendship
Nat King Cole/George Shearing — Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays (Capitol, 1961)
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Night Lights
Nat King Cole — The Nat King Cole Story (Capitol, 1961)
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That Sunday, That Summer
Nat King Cole — Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer (Capitol, 1963)

Notes: Also on the box-set THE SINGLES.

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Funny (Not Much)
Nat King Cole — Live at the Sands (Capitol, 1961)
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The Continental
Nat King Cole — Live at the Sands (Capitol, 1961)
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The Touch of Your Lips
Nat King Cole — The Touch of Your Lips (Capitol, 1961)
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You're Mine, You
Nat King Cole — The Touch of Your Lips (Capitol, 1961)
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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Nat King Cole — The Billy May Sessions (Capitol, 1961)
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Dear Lonely Hearts
Nat King Cole — Dear Lonely Hearts (Capitol, 1963)
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Let Me Tell You, Babe
Nat King Cole — Sincerely/Beautiful Ballads (Capitol, 1964)
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Thanks to You
Nat King Cole — L-O-V-E (Bear Family, 1964)
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Wanderlust
Nat King Cole — L-O-V-E (Bear Family, 1964)
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Sing Another Song
Nat King Cole — Ramblin' Rose (Capitol, 1962)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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