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Stardust: Nat King Cole On Capitol, 1955-59

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature music from a prolific and rewarding period for Nat King Cole, when he produced seven albums.

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Nat King Cole’s late-1950s Capitol recordings include Cole’s collaborations with arrangers such as Billy May, Nelson Riddle, and Gordon Jenkins, as well as members of the Count Basie Orchestra.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature music from a new and comprehensive collection of Nat King Cole’s late-1950s Capitol recordings, including Cole’s collaborations with arrangers such as Billy May, Nelson Riddle, and Gordon Jenkins, as well as two sides made with members of the Count Basie Orchestra.

This was a prolific and rewarding period for Cole—in 1958 alone he produced seven albums. You can also hear some early 1960s Nat King Cole radio broadcasts on the March 17, 2006 program in the Afterglow archives and Cole’s music for the 1958 movie St. Louis Blues on this Night Lights program.

In the first hour of the show we’ll also hear from Artie Shaw and Red Garland with John Coltrane, and we’ll have a set of music from the Jones (Norah, Thad, Rickie Lee, and Carmell) in addition to a set of 1960s movie themes performed by Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, and Lee Morgan.

Music Heard On This Episode

Nostalgia
Fats Navarro — Nostalgia (Savoy, 1947)
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Nostalgia
Fats Navarro — Nostalgia (Savoy, 1947)
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My Hour of Need
Dodo Greene — My Hour of Need (Blue Note, 1962)

Notes: With Ike Quebec on tenor sax, Grant Green on guitar, and Sir Charles Thompson on organ.

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What Is There to Say?
Red Garland/John Coltrane — High Pressure (Prestige, 1957)
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Blues in the Night
Artie Shaw — Evensong (Hep, 1941)

Notes: Hot Lips Page on vocals and trumpet.

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Come Saturday Morning
Chet Baker — Blood, Chet & Tears (Verve, 1970)

Notes: Theme from the 1969 movie THE STERILE CUCKOO, starring Liza Minnelli. Nominated for an Academy Award.

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Theme From Midnight Cowboy
Lee Morgan — The Blue Note Series Sampler (Blue Note, 1969)
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Everybody's Talkin'
Louis Armstrong — Louis Armstrong & Friends (Bluebird, 1970)

Notes: Song from the movie MIDNIGHT COWBOY.

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Theme From Blow-Up
Bobby Hutcherson — Oblique (Blue Note, 1967)

Notes: Herbie Hancock's composition, with Hancock on piano.

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Those Sweet Words
Norah Jones — Feels Like Home (Blue Note, 2004)
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Night Tide
Carmell Jones — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1961)

Notes: Originally on the LP THE REMARKABLE CARMELL JONES.

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My One and Only Love
Rickie Lee Jones — Pop Pop (Geffen, 1991)
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Little Girl Blue
Thad Jones — Detroit-New York (Blue Note, 1956)

Notes: With Kenny Burrell on guitar and Oscar Pettiford on bass.

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It's Only a Paper Moon
Nat King Cole — After Midnight (Capitol, 1956)

Notes: With Harry Sweets Edison on trumpet. Also on the new Bear Family box set STARDUST.

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Too Young to Go Steady
Nat King Cole — Classic Singles (Capitol, 1955)

Notes: With Nelson Riddle. Also on the Bear Family box-set STARDUST.

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Mr. Jukebox
Nat King Cole — Night Lights (Capitol, 1955)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family box-set STARDUST.

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The Lonely One
Nat King Cole — After Midnight (Capitol, 1956)

Notes: With Juan Tizol on trombone. Also on Bear Family box-set STARDUST.

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To the Ends of the Earth
Nat King Cole — Night Lights (Capitol, 1956)

Notes: With Nelson Riddle. Also available on the Bear Family box STARDUST.

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The Blues Don't Care
Nat King Cole — Big Band Cole (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST. LP also known as WELCOME TO THE CLUB.

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The Late, Late Show
Nat King Cole — Big Band Cole (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST. LP also known as WELCOME TO THE CLUB. Cole backed by the Count Basie band (with Gerald Wiggins sitting in for Basie on piano)

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To Whom It May Concern
Nat King Cole — To Whom It May Concern (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: With Nelson Riddle. Also available on the Bear Family box STARDUST.

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In the Heart of Jane Doe
Nat King Cole — To Whom It May Concern (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: With Nelson Riddle. Also available on the Bear Family box STARDUST.

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We Are Americans, Too
Nat King Cole — Stardust: 1955-1959 (Bear Family, 1956)

Notes: Civil-rights song written by Andy Razaf and Eubie Blake.

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Ain't Misbehavin'
Nat King Cole — Love Is the Thing (Capitol, 1956)

Notes: With Gordon Jenkins. Also available on Bear Family box STARDUST.

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Just For the Fun of It
Nat King Cole — Billy May Sessions (Capitol, 1957)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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There's a Gold Mine in the Sky
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings the Great Songs (Capitol, 1957)

Notes: With Nelson Riddle. Also available on the Bear Family box STARDUST.

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Time and the River
Nat King Cole — Stardust: 1955-1959 (Bear Family, 1959)
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I Know That You Know
Nat King Cole — After Midnight (Capitol, 1956)

Notes: With Stuff Smith on violin. Also available on the Bear Family set STARDUST.

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Steal Away
Nat King Cole — Every Time I Feel the Spirit (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: From Cole's little-heard spirituals LP. Also on the Bear Family set STARDUST.

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Stardust
Nat King Cole — Love Is the Thing (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: With Gordon Jenkins. Also available on Bear Family box STARDUST.

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The Song Is Ended
Nat King Cole — Billy May Sessions (Capitol)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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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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