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That Ole Devil Called Love

It's the most written-about topic in the history of popular song L-O-V-E, as Nat King Cole once sang.

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It’s the most written-about topic in the history of popular song (OK, I don’t have statistics at hand to back that statement up, but I’ll go ahead and climb out on what I think is a very solid limb to proclaim it): L-O-V-E, as Nat King Cole once sang. “That Ole Devil Called Love” salutes its subject with odes and lamentations from Cassandra Wilson, Mel Torme, the Four Freshmen, Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker, and many more.

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