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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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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.

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