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Capitol Records, Part III (1953-1957)

by Jordan Taylor & G.E. Hewitt

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Nat King Cole
Introduction

1953 is the year Cole recorded his first concept vocal album, Two In Love, which was also his first full-length collaboration with Nelson Riddle. The rest of this half-decade features Cole's initial albums with Billy May and Gordon Jenkins, several noteworthy pop singles, and some of Cole's best-known post-trio piano work, including the 1956 classic After Midnight. (Photo: recording in Studio C with Nelson Riddle, August 1953.)


Date: January 14, 1953 [18:00-21:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #2879

Lee Gillette (pro), Bob Dawes (mgr), Nat Cole (v), The Encores (bkv), Dick Clay, Willie Smith (as), Charles Deremo, Ted Nash (ts), Jack Agee (bar), Tony Facciuto, Conrad Gozzo, Jack Laubach, Robert McKinzie, Andy Peele (t), Karl De Karske, Dick Nash, Robert Reisiger, Si Zentner (tb), Cliff Fishback (p), John Collins (g), Ralph Pena (b), John Markham (d), Jack Costanzo (cga), Billy May (con)

a. 10999-15 Angel Eyes(Matt Dennis, Earl Brent) / arr: Billy May - 3:12
Capitol 78/45(F)2498 — Angel Eyes / Return To Paradise   (1953)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3105 — Stay As Sweet As You Are   (1967)
b. 11025-6 Lover, Come Back To Me(Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Billy May - 2:27
Capitol 78/45(F)2610 — Lover, Come Back To Me / That's All   (1953)
Capitol EPEAP 1-500 — Songs By Nat "King" Cole   (1954)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 11026-6 Can't I?(Leroy Lovett) / arr: Billy May - 3:12
Capitol 78/45(F)2389 — Can't I? / Blue Gardenia   (1953)
Capitol LP 10"H 9114 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 9   (1953)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Capitol CD09463 59324 2 3 — The Very Best of Nat King Cole   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
All titles on:
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 89545 2 1 — The Billy May Sessions   (1993)

The Encores (bkv) on b; Jack Costanzo (cga) on b.

Composers

The original 45 and 78 rpm issues of "Can't I?" credit the tune to Leroy Lovett and Ivan Mogull. The 1952 Catalog of Copyright Entries and the original sheet music both credit Lovett only. Mogull, a good friend of Cole's, likely had no hand in penning the song but his Harvard Music did publish the tune.

Personnel

Two previously published discographies, found in The Billy May Sessions CD and Michel Ruppli's Capitol Label Discography, include what are likely to be slight errors in the personnel listing. Each of these credits Bob Dawes as baritone sax, with Jack Agee and Ralph Pena splitting the bass chores. This discography mirrors what Billy May discographer Jack Mirtle has published — Jack generously supplied the AFM contract for this session — namely that Dawes was the orchestra manger (i.e. contractor), while Agee played baritone sax not bass. This is supported by the contract itself, which features Dawes' name at the very end of the contract, while Agee is with the other saxophonists. Dawes did indeed play the saxophone and participated on many sessions, but the likelihood is that he did not play on this date.

Another difficulty in figuring out the saxophone section has been determining what Clay, Deremo, and Nash played, each of whom often played either alto or tenor. The listing here reflects what is believed to be the instrument most associated with each man at this particular time.

Furthermore, the two previous discographies also report that multiple members of the sax section doubled on clarinet. There remains no aural evidence of clarinets on this session; as such, this discography reports a typical 2-2-1 sax lineup.

According to Billy May, as told to his discographer Jack Mirtle, The Encores were present in the studio that evening and, on the spot, suggested their chorus part for "Lover, Come Back to Me", which both Cole and May agreed to.


Date: January 20, 1953 [14:00-17:30]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #2894

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Harry Klee, Ted Nash, Jim Williamson (ww), John Cave, Vince DeRosa (frh), Milt Bernhart, Paul Tanner (tb), Buddy Cole (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Anatol Kaminsky, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Olcott Vail, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alfred Barr, Stan Harris (vl), James Arkatov, Armand Kaproff (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 11045-8 The Magic Window(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:24
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. 11046 That's All(Bob Haymes, Alan Brandt) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:56
Capitol 78/45(F)2610 — Lover, Come Back To Me / That's All   (1953)
Capitol EPEAP 1-696 — Love Songs by Nat "King" Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
c. 11047 Annabelle(Nelson Riddle, Joe Greene) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:23
Capitol EPEAP 1-696 — Love Songs by Nat "King" Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
d. 11048-4 If Love Is Good To Me(Fred Spielman, Redd Evans) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:43
Capitol 78/45(F)2540 — A Fool Was I / If Love Is Good To Me   (1953)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3046 — Love Is A Many Splendored Thing   (1966)
e. 11049 Blue Gardenia(Lester Lee, Bob Russell) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:55
Capitol 78/45(F)2389 — Can't I? / Blue Gardenia   (1953)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1102 (UK) — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 827 — Sings For Two In Love / Sings Ballads Of The Day   (2007)

Harry Klee (ww) on a-d; Ted Nash (ww) on a-d; Jim Williamson (ww) on a-d; Buddy Cole (cel) on a-b, e.


Date: January 27, 1953 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #2904

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Harry Klee, Ted Nash, Jim Williamson (f), John Cave, Vince DeRosa (frh), Milt Bernhart, Jimmy Priddy (tb), Buddy Cole (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Anatol Kaminsky, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Marshall Sosson, Jerry Vinci (vn), Stan Harris, Dave Sterkin (vl), James Arkatov, Cy Bernard (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 11055 Dinner For One Please, James(Michael Carr) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:49
Capitol LP 12"(D)T 2348 — Nature Boy   (1965)
Axis (NZ) LP 12"164 (NZ) — Favourites   (1985)
b. 11056 There Goes My Heart(Benny Davis, Abner Silver) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:52
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
EMI LP 12"EMTV 35 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1982)
EMI CDCDP 7 48614 2 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1987)
Capitol CD72435 25009 2 5 — Try Not To Cry   (2000)
c. 11057 A Handful Of Stars(Ted Shapiro, Jack Lawrence) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:23
d. 11058 Love Is Here To Stay(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:46
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
e. 11073 A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet(Gus Kahn, Harry M. Woods) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:17
f. 11074 Tenderly(Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:57
Capitol LP 12"(D)T 2348 — Nature Boy   (1965)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Axis (NZ) LP 12"164 (NZ) — Favourites   (1985)
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
All titles on:
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1953)
Capitol LP 10"H 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1953)
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1955)

Buddy Cole (cel) on a.


Date: January 28, 1953 [14:00-17:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #2911

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Jack Dumont, Skeets Herfurt (as), Ted Nash, Buck Skalak (ts), Joe Koch (bar), Pete Candoli, Mannie Klein, Shorty Sherock, Zeke Zarchy (t), Milt Bernhart, Ed Kusby, Jimmy Priddy, Si Zentner (tb), Buddy Cole (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Jack Costanzo (bgo), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 10850-6 Almost Like Being In Love(Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:52
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1953)
Capitol LP 10"H 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1953)
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1955)
b. 11082-2 This Can't Be Love(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:27
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1953)
Capitol LP 10"H 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1953)
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1955)
c. 11083-7 Don't Hurt The Girl(Corky Robbins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:18
Capitol 78/45CL 14327 (UK) — My One Sin / Don't Hurt The Girl   (1955)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
All titles on:
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)

Date: March 31, 1953
Location: Universal Recording, 111 E. Ontario Street, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #2983

Lee Gillette (pro), Bill Putnam (eng), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 11334-9 Return To Paradise(Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:53
Capitol 78/45(F)2498 — Angel Eyes / Return To Paradise   (1953)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1102 (UK) — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1986)
b. 11335-4 Make Her Mine(Chester Conn, Sammy Gallop) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:54
Capitol 78/45(F)2803 — Make Her Mine / I Envy   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 9124 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"W 9122 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
c. 11336-1fs Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 0:42
d. 11336-2alt Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:19
e. 11336-3fs Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 0:17
f. 11336-4fs Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 0:18
g. 11336-5lfs Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:24
h. 11336-6fs Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 0:13
i. 11336-7fs Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 0:14
j. 11336-8alt Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:06
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
k. 11336-9 Why Can't We Try Again?(Johnny Crawford, Dolly Collins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:13
l. 11337-4 I Am In Love(Cole Porter) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:59
Capitol 78/45(F)2459 — I Am In Love / My Flaming Heart   (1953)
Capitol EPEAP 1-482 — Hits From Can-Can   (1953)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
All titles on:
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

unknown (bkv) on c-k.

Location

Ruppli's Capitol Label Discography suggests that this session was held in Los Angeles. Some online discographies suggest that it might have been held in New York. In reality, probably neither is correct. The Los Angeles branch of the AFM has no record or file of any session on that date. Files get lost or stolen, but the absence of any type of record indicates no such session occurred in Los Angeles.

Cole's known itinerary rules out Los Angeles but is inconclusive regarding Chicago or New York. He played Pittsburgh on the 27th and 28th of March and then shows up again in New York on April 5th for a concert at Carnegie Hall — the start of the spring version of The Big Show of 1953 — which Cole would famously not complete due to a bleeding ulcer that would see him hospitalized and thereby forced to cancel the tour.

Finally, there is some anecdotal evidence placing Nat in Chicago. Dick LaPalm, close friend to Cole who was then doing PR for Nat based out of Chicago, explains that he attended the session in question. Specifically, he remembered Bill Putnam's wife making an edit because Nat flubbed a lyric on "I Am In Love". ('You only can brighten the blaze that BURN in my heart…'). The sound of the session — its echo, namely — also bears the hallmark of Putnam's engineering.

Additionally, Ray Anthony, who was produced by Lee Gillette, was recording in Chicago on April 1, 1953.

So, while none of the evidence is conclusive one way or another, Chicago does seem the most plausible and will be identified as the locale until proven otherwise.

Why Can't We Try Again

1. Composers
"Why Can't We Try Again?" first appeared as a bonus track for the 1992 CD Ballads Of The Day. At that time no composer credit was given, only 'Unknown'. The song was the work of Johnny Crawford and Dorothy Ann Collins, the latter credited here by her more well known stage name, Dolly Collins. The 2015 box set His Musical Autobiography credits her as Dorothy Collins.

2. Takes
The take that was issued on the aforementioned Capitol CD was #8, but this may not have been what was intended to serve as the master by producer Lee Gillette. When His Musical Autobiography was released, it included the entire session of the song, takes 1-9. Take 9, like #8, is complete. The fact that one more take was attempted would not ordinarily be sufficient evidence to assign take 9 as the master take, but a mid-'60s acetate of take 9, running 3:03 and b/w "Felicia", was pressed and is viewable at the Discogs website. These two facts taken together — session reel and acetate — are reason enough to consider take 9, and not the initially issued take 8 as the master selected by Gillette.

3. Duration
The running time of take 8 is taken from the 1992 CD. All other takes (including chatter, slates, etc.) feature running times taken from His Musical Autobiography.

Take Numbers

Ruppli lists take 1 for "I Am In Love".


Date: August 18, 1953 [14:30-18:00]
Location: Studio C, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3101

Lee Gillette (pro), Cy Bernard (mgr, clo), Nat Cole (v, spk), Luella Howard (f), Julie Kinsler (af), Jim Williamson (bf), Vince DeRosa, John Graas (frh), Joe Howard (tb), George Roberts (btb), Buddy Cole (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Henry Hill, Paul Nero, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alfred Barr, Dave Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff (clo), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 11685-7 The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot(Michael Carr, Tommy Connor, Jimmy Leach) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:31
Capitol 78/45(F)2616 — The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot / Mrs. Santa Claus   (1953)
Capitol 78/45(F)3561 — The Christmas Song / The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot   (1956)
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)
b. 11686 You're Wrong, All Wrong(Nat Simon, Charles Tobias) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:58
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 11687-10 Mrs. Santa Claus(Hazel Houle, Jack Fulton, Lois Steele) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:06
Capitol 78/45(F)2616 — The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot / Mrs. Santa Claus   (1953)
Capitol EPEAP 1-9026 — The Christmas Song   (1954)
Capitol 78/45(F)3560 — Mrs. Santa Claus / Take Me Back To Toyland   (1956)
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)

Buddy Cole (cel) on a, c; Nat Cole (spk) on a.


Date: August 24, 1953 #1 [14:30-18:00]
Location: Studio C, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3108

Lee Gillette (pro), Cy Bernard (mgr, clo), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Julie Kinsler, Ted Nash, Harry Steinfeld (ww), Vince DeRosa, John Graas (frh), Joe Howard (tb), George Roberts (btb), Buddy Cole (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Henry Hill, Paul Nero, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin (vn), Lou Kievman, Stan Spiegelman (vl), Armand Kaproff (clo), Ann Mason Stockton (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 11720 Why(Maurice Shapiro, Buddy Feyne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:50
Capitol 78/45(F)2687 — Answer Me, My Love / Why   (1953)
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
b. 11721-7 Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup(Anna Sosenko) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:48
Capitol 78/45(F)2887 — Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup / It's Crazy   (1954)
Capitol 78/45(F)3027 — The Sand And The Sea / Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup   (1955)
Capitol EPEAP 1-633 — Moods In Song   (1955)
c. 11722-1 Little Fingers(John Leslie McFarland, Joseph Marion Bailey) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:47
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

unknown (bkv) on b.

Composers

The 1953 copyright registration of "Little Fingers" lists only McFarland and Bailey. In 1959, Roy Alfred's name was added.


Date: August 24, 1953 #2 [20:30-00:30]
Location: Studio C, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3109

Lee Gillette (pro), Cy Bernard (mgr, vl), Nat Cole (v), Julie Kinsler, Harry Steinfeld (ww), Ted Nash (ts), Vince DeRosa, John Graas (frh), George Roberts (btb), Buddy Cole (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Paul Nero, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Jerry Vinci (vn), Stan Spiegelman, Dave Sterkin (vl), Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Ann Mason Stockton (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 11723 For A Moment Of Your Love(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:16
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1279 (UK) — The Unreleased Nat King Cole   (1987)
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
b. 11724 I Envy(Stan Brenders, Ralph Care, Fred Stevens) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:39
Capitol 78/45(F)2803 — Make Her Mine / I Envy   (1954)
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
c. 11725 Sleeping Beauty(Sylvia Dee, Sid Lippman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:36
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-514 — 10th Anniversary Album   (1954)
Capitol LP 10"H 1-514 — 10th Anniversary Album   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"W 514 — 10th Anniversary Album   (1954)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 870 — 10th Anniversary Album   (2007)
d. 11726-11 The Christmas Song(Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:12
Capitol 78/45(F)2955 — The Christmas Song / All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)   (1954)
Capitol EPEAP 1-9026 — The Christmas Song   (1954)
Capitol 78/45(F)3561 — The Christmas Song / The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot   (1956)
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)

Julie Kinsler (ww) on a-c; Harry Steinfeld (ww) on a-c; Ted Nash (ts) on a-c; Vince DeRosa (frh) on a-c; John Graas (frh) on a-c; George Roberts (btb) on a-c.

Personnel

The piano solo heard on "The Christmas Song" may be played by Cole himself.

Riddle wrote an alternative arrangement of this song a week prior to this recording session. It incorporates reeds and horns—unlike the well-known score—but there is no indication that this arrangement was ever recorded.


Date: December 3, 1953
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5055

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 20242-14 Answer Me, My Love(Gerhard Winkler, Fred Rauch, Carl Sigman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:34
Capitol 78/45(F)2687 — Answer Me, My Love / Why   (1953)
Capitol LP 10"H 9117 — Top Hits Of '54, Vol. 1   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 9124 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)

Date: February 3, 1954 [16:00-19:00]
Location: Studio C, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3318

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Carole Cole, Nat Cole, Natalie Cole (v), Willie Schwartz, Willie Smith (as), Babe Russin (ts), Joe Koch (bar), Pete Candoli, Ray Linn, Mickey Mangano (t), Murray McEachern, Dick Noel, Jimmy Priddy (tb), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d)

a. 12312-4 Ain't She Sweet(Milton Ager, Jack Yellen) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:46
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3046 — Love Is A Many Splendored Thing   (1966)
b. 12313-5 What To Do(Cliff Ferre, Mark McIntyre) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:33
Both titles on:
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)

Cole & Sinatra Duets

In September 1954, Cole and Dean Martin, together with Billy May, cut a pair of duets: "Open Up The Doghouse" and "Long, Long Ago". However, this Cole-Martin pairing was originally intended by Capitol to be a meeting with Frank Sinatra. This session, February 3, 1954, is probably when the two men were supposed to record together before the idea fell apart.

In mid-January, Variety ran a blurb about an imminent session featuring Cole & Sinatra, slated for 'next week'. Furthermore, Nelson Riddle's ledger, in which he would document all the arrangements he was paid to write, has four entries dated February 3, 1954: the two titles Cole would record with his daughters, as well as the two songs that Cole would ultimately record with Dean Martin.

Why this session between Cole and Sinatra did not materialize has never been fully, or at least publicly explained. One individual from Cole's camp, though, has claimed that Sinatra associate Hank Sanicola demanded Sinatra get a piece of the publishing, a stipulation that, if true, would have been a non-starter.


Date: February 9, 1954 [14:30-18:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3322

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Harry Klee, Dominic Mumolo, Jim Williamson (ww), John Cave, Vince DeRosa (frh), Tommy Pederson (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), Geoffrey Clarkson (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Henry Hill, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson (vn), Michel Perriere, Paul Robyn (vl), James Arkatov, Ed Lustgarten (clo), Ann Mason Stockton (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 12322 Alone Too Long(Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:54
Capitol 78/45(F)2754 — Alone Too Long / It Happens To Be Me   (1954)
Capitol EPEAP 1-535 — Hits From "By The Beautiful Sea"   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
b. 12323-7 It Happens To Be Me(Arthur Kent, Sammy Gallop) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:06
Capitol 78/45(F)2754 — Alone Too Long / It Happens To Be Me   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1102 (UK) — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1986)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 827 — Sings For Two In Love / Sings Ballads Of The Day   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 12324-5 Unbelievable(Jerry Livingston, Irving Gordon) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:01
Capitol 78/45(F)2949 — Unbelievable / Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 950 — Just For Variety, Vol. 7   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1102 (UK) — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1986)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 827 — Sings For Two In Love / Sings Ballads Of The Day   (2007)
d. 12325-2 Marilyn(Jackie Gleason, Sammy Gallop) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:42
All titles on:
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)

Geoffrey Clarkson (p) on a-b, d, (cel) on b-d.

Solos:
a - Juan Tizol (vtb)

Date: July 27, 1954 [14:00-17:30]
Location: Studio C, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3481

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), John Hacker, Harry Klee, Dominic Mumolo (ww), Vince DeRosa, William Hinshaw (frh), Joe Howard (tb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Lou Singer (per), Len Atkins, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Eudice Shapiro, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, Jerry Vinci (vn), Stan Harris, Paul Robyn, Barbara Simons, Dave Sterkin (vl), Cy Bernard, Armand Kaproff, Ray Kramer, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 12853-11 Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)(Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:08
Capitol 78/45(F)2949 — Unbelievable / Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 9124 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"W 9122 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
b. 12854-6 Smile(Charles Chaplin, James Phillips [as John Turner], Geoffrey Parsons) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:50
Capitol 78/45(F)2897 — Smile / It's Crazy (But I'm In Love)   (1954)
Capitol LP 10"H 9119 — Top Hits Of '54, Vol. 2   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
Both titles on:
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

unknown (bkv) on a; Bill Miller (cel) on b; Lou Singer (per) on a.


Date: August 24, 1954 [14:30-18:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3510

Lee Gillette (pro), Cy Bernard (mgr, clo), Nat Cole (v), John Hacker, Dominic Mumolo (ww), Jim Williamson (ts), John Cave, Vince DeRosa (frh), Si Zentner (tb), George Roberts (btb), Paul Smith (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Henry Hill, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin (vn), Stan Harris, Dave Sterkin (vl), Ed Lustgarten, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Ann Mason Stockton (hrp), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 12951 I'll Always Be Remembering(Dok Stanford, Henry Russell) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:53
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
b. 12952 I'll Never Settle For Less(Sid Lippman, Sylvia Dee) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:06
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
c. 12953-10 My One Sin(Vittorio Mascheroni, Robert Mellin, Giancarlo Testoni) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:57
Capitol 78/45(F)3136 — My One Sin / The Blues From Kiss Me Deadly (I'd Rather Have The Blues)   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 9127 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 13   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
d. 12954-1alt United(James Phillips [as John Turner], Carlo Alberto Rossi, Geoffrey Parsons) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:13
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. 12954-2fs United(James Phillips [as John Turner], Carlo Alberto Rossi, Geoffrey Parsons) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:24
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
f. 12954-3fs United(James Phillips [as John Turner], Carlo Alberto Rossi, Geoffrey Parsons) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 0:19
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
g. 12954 United(James Phillips [as John Turner], Carlo Alberto Rossi, Geoffrey Parsons) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:15
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)

Alternates

The liner notes of the 2015 box Autobiography, which was full of errors and hardly the most reliable source, says this about "United": 'the [issued version] uses the intro of the second take that has Paul Smith's piano a little more definitive than on the original first take'.

Setting aside the jumbled writing, it remains unconfirmed that the piano intro of the master take (or any other part of that performance) uses the intro of the second take. As such, the master take is reported here without any reference to a splice or composite that may have incorporated elements from the second take.


Date: September 7, 1954 [14:00-17:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3527

David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole, Dean Martin (v), Skeets Herfurt, Harry Klee (as), Ted Nash (ts), Chuck Gentry (bar), John Best, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein (t), Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, Si Zentner (tb), Lew Brown (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Billy May (con)

a. 13011-13 Open Up The Doghouse (Two Cats Are Comin' In)(Marvin Fisher, Roy Alfred) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:25
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Music For Pleasure CD72438 36553 2 8 — This Is Nat King Cole   (1995)
b. 13012-2 Long, Long Ago(Marvin Fisher, Roy Alfred) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:22
Both titles on:
Capitol 78/45(F)2985 — Open Up The Doghouse / Long, Long Ago   (1954)
Official (DK) CD812003 — Havin' Fun With Nat "King" Cole   (1989)
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)

Date: October 18, 1954 [14:00-17:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3558

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Jules Kinsler (f), Jules Jacob (ob), Art Fleming (bsn), Joe Krechter (cl), Skeets Herfurt, Willie Schwartz (as), Fred Falensby, Ted Nash (ts), Chuck Gentry (bar), John Best, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, Uan Rasey (t), Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, Tommy Pederson, Si Zentner (tb), Bill Miller (p, cel), Al Hendrickson (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Lee Young (d), Steve Dweck, Alvin Stoller, Carlos Vidal (per), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Mischa Russell, Eudice Shapiro, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Stan Harris (vl), Cy Bernard, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Ann Mason Stockton (hrp), Billy May, Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13101 If I Give My Heart To You(Jimmie Crane, Jimmy Brewster, Al Jacobs) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:58
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3105 — Stay As Sweet As You Are   (1967)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
b. 13102 Hold My Hand(Richard Myers, Jack Lawrence) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:06
Capitol LP 12"T 9124 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
c. 13103-5 Papa Loves Mambo(Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Bickley 'Bix' Reichner) / arr: Billy May - 2:40
Capitol LP 12"T 9124 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 89545 2 1 — The Billy May Sessions   (1993)
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)
d. 13104-6 Teach Me Tonight(Gene DePaul, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Billy May - 3:10
Capitol LP 12"T 9124 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 89545 2 1 — The Billy May Sessions   (1993)
Capitol CD72435 30302 2 3 — The King Swings   (2001)
All titles on:
Capitol EPEAP 1-9120 — Nat King Cole Sings   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"W 9122 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 12   (1954)
Capitol LP 12"T 9110 — Nat King Cole's Top Pops   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 1891 — Top Pops   (1963)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 871 — Top Pops   (2007)

Jules Kinsler (f) on a-b; Jules Jacob (ob) on a-b; Art Fleming (bsn) on a-b; Joe Krechter (cl) on a-b; Skeets Herfurt (as) on c-d; Willie Schwartz (as) on c-d; Fred Falensby (ts) on c-d; Ted Nash (ts) on c-d; Chuck Gentry (bar) on c-d; Bill Miller (cel) on a-b; Joe Mondragon (b) on a-b, d; Steve Dweck (per) on c; Alvin Stoller (per) on c; Carlos Vidal (per) on c; Victor Bay (vn) on a-b; Alex Beller (vn) on a-b; Mischa Russell (vn) on a-b; Eudice Shapiro (vn) on a-b; Paul Shure (vn) on a-b; Felix Slatkin (vn) on a-b; Alvin Dinkin (vl) on a-b; Stan Harris (vl) on a-b; Cy Bernard (clo) on a-b; Eleanor Slatkin (clo) on a-b; Ann Mason Stockton (hrp) on a-b; Billy May (con) on c-d; Nelson Riddle (con) on a-b.


Date: December 20, 1954 [20:00-02:30]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3616

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Lee Gotch (vcon), Nat Cole, The Four Knights (v), Allan Davies, Marilyn Lewis, Dorothy McCarty, Ginny O'Connor, Charles Schrouder, Clark Yocum, Norma Zimmer (bkv), Harry Klee, Ted Nash, Champ Webb (ww), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), Vince DeRosa, Joseph Eger (frh), Joe Howard (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Don Robertson (p), Ray Turner (p, cel), Al Hendrickson (g), Red Callender (b), Lee Young (d), Israel Baker, Victor Bay, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Murray Kellner, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell (vn), Stan Spiegelman, Dave Sterkin (vl), Victor Gottlieb, Ed Lustgarten (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13326-1 The Sand And The Sea(Hal Hester, Sol Parker) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:30
Capitol 78/45(F)3027 — The Sand And The Sea / Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup   (1955)
Capitol EPEAP 1-633 — Moods In Song   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 680 — Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day   (1956)
b. 13327-14 A Blossom Fell(Howard Barnes, Harold Cornelius, Dominic John) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:30
Capitol 78/45(F)3095 — If I May / A Blossom Fell   (1955)
Capitol EPEAP 1-633 — Moods In Song   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 9127 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 13   (1955)
c. 13328-12 Forgive My Heart(Chester Conn, Sammy Gallop) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:57
Capitol 78/45(F)3234 — Someone You Love / Forgive My Heart   (1955)
Capitol EPEAP 1-696 — Love Songs by Nat "King" Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
d. 13329-7 I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life(Joseph McCarthy, Cy Coleman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:16
Capitol 78/45(F)3305 — Take Me Back To Toyland / I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
e. 13330-11 If I May(Rose Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:00
Capitol 78/45(F)3095 — If I May / A Blossom Fell   (1955)
Capitol EPEAP 1-633 — Moods In Song   (1955)
Official (DK) CD812003 — Havin' Fun With Nat "King" Cole   (1989)
Capitol CDCDP 7 99776 2 — Ballads Of The Day   (1992)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
All titles on:
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

Lee Gotch (vcon) on a; The Four Knights (v) on e; Allan Davies (bkv) on a; Marilyn Lewis (bkv) on a; Dorothy McCarty (bkv) on a; Ginny O'Connor (bkv) on a; Charles Schrouder (bkv) on a; Clark Yocum (bkv) on a; Norma Zimmer (bkv) on a; Harry Klee (ww) on a-d; Ted Nash (ww) on a-d; Champ Webb (ww) on a-d; Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t) on a-d; Vince DeRosa (frh) on a-d; Joseph Eger (frh) on a-d; Joe Howard (tb) on a-d; Juan Tizol (vtb) on a-d; George Roberts (btb) on a-d; Don Robertson (p) on e; Ray Turner (p) on a-d, (cel) on a-d; Israel Baker (vn) on a-d; Victor Bay (vn) on a-d; Harry Bluestone (vn) on a-d; Walter Edelstein (vn) on a-d; Murray Kellner (vn) on a-d; Nat Ross (vn) on a-d; Mischa Russell (vn) on a-d; Stan Spiegelman (vl) on a-d; Dave Sterkin (vl) on a-d; Victor Gottlieb (clo) on a-d; Ed Lustgarten (clo) on a-d; Kathryn Julye (hrp) on a-d.

Solos:
b - Juan Tizol (vtb)

Personnel

The Four Knights consist of Gene Alford and John Wallace (tenors), Clarence Dixon (baritone), and Oscar Broadway (bass).


Date: March 25, 1955 [15:00-18:30]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3727

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Skeets Herfurt, Ted Nash, Willie Schwartz, Champ Webb (ww), Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, Mickey Mangano (t), Joe Howard, Jimmy Priddy (tb), George Roberts (btb), Buddy Cole (p), Barney Kessel (g), Don Simpson (b), Alvin Stoller (d), Mike Pacheco (bgo), Jacques Gasselin, Murray Kellner, Eudice Shapiro, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Dave Sterkin (vl), Kurt Reher (clo), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13651 The Blues From Kiss Me Deadly (I'd Rather Have The Blues)(Frank De Vol) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:51
Capitol 78/45(F)3136 — My One Sin / The Blues From Kiss Me Deadly (I'd Rather Have The Blues)   (1955)
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3046 — Love Is A Many Splendored Thing   (1966)
Capitol CDCDP 0777 7 99373 2 5 — Nat King Cole At The Movies   (1993)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

This was a split session with The Four Freshmen.


Date: June 7, 1955 #1
Location: Universal Recording, 111 E. Ontario Street, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #3827

Lee Gillette (pro), Bill Putnam (eng), Nat Cole (p), John Collins (eg), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13980-14 I Hear Music(Burton Lane, Frank Loesser) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:00
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)
b. 13981-14 My Heart Stood Still(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:38
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)
c. 13981-?alt My Heart Stood Still(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:42
d. 13982-8 I Never Knew (That Roses Grew)(Gus Kahn, Ted Fiorito) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:30
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)
e. 13983-6 Tea For Two(Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:28
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)
All titles on:
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 81203 2 2 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1993)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Alternate

The Capitol Jazz CD featured an 'alternate' take of "My Heart Stood Still". Despite being roughly 64 seconds longer than the master, it seems that instead of being a distinct take, this is an edit that repeats a chorus of the master take.

Despite the contention of take status, the extended version is reported here because of its inclusion on multiple releases of the CD era.


Date: June 7, 1955 #2
Location: Universal Recording, 111 E. Ontario Street, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #3828

Lee Gillette (pro), Bill Putnam (eng), Nat Cole (v), John Collins (eg), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13984 Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You(Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:36
Capitol 78/45(F)3328 — Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You / Ask Me   (1956)
Capitol EPEAP 1-801 — Night Lights   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. 13985 Breezin' Along With The Breeze(Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons, Richard Whiting) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:29
Capitol EPEAP 1-9128 — Nat King Cole   (1955)
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3046 — Love Is A Many Splendored Thing   (1966)
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
Music For Pleasure CD72438 36553 2 8 — This Is Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)
Both titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Date: June 9, 1955
Location: Universal Recording, 111 E. Ontario Street, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #3829

Lee Gillette (pro), Bill Putnam (eng), Nat Cole (v), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Fred Spector (vn), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13986 Someone You Love(Mel Tormé [as Stephen Michael]) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:52
Capitol 78/45(F)3234 — Someone You Love / Forgive My Heart   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 9130 — Today's Top Hits, Vol. 14   (1955)
Capitol EPEAP 1-696 — Love Songs by Nat "King" Cole   (1956)
b. 13987 Ask Me(Carl Niessen, Heino Gaze, Sunny Skylar) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
c. 13988 Unfair(Cliff Lee, Ivan Mogull [as Phil Belmonte]) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
d. 13989 Make Me(Larry Spier) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued

Date: June 10, 1955
Location: Universal Recording, 111 E. Ontario Street, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #3830

Lee Gillette (pro), Bill Putnam (eng), Nat Cole (v), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Oscar Chausow, Abram Loft, Sam Magad, David Moll, Fred Sorkin, Fred Spector (vn), Irving Ilmer (vl), Karl Fruh, George Sopkin (clo), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13990-1fs Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
b. 13990-2fs Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
c. 13990-3fs Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
d. 13990-4fs Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
e. 13990-5alt Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:06
f. 13990-6alt Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:15
g. 13990-7fs Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
h. 13990-8alt Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
i. 13990-9fs Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
j. 13990-10alt Wishing Well(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
k. 13991lost I've Learned(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
l. 13992lost Half A Mind(Kenny Bowers, Maurice Murray) / arr: Nelson Riddle
m. 13993-A7-1lost But Not For Me(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:19
n. 13993-A7-2lost But Not For Me(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:18
o. 13993-D1lost But Not For Me(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:27
p. 13993-D3lost But Not For Me(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:29
All titles unissued.

Personnel

The personnel listed for this session—and other Chicago dates from June 1955—are based on photographs that appeared in Playboy magazine, as well as phone interviews with some of the listed participants, many of whom appeared in the photos. It is a best guess to recreate the historical record, but should not be considered authoritative by any stretch.

Playboy

As mentioned, this session was chronicled in a 1956 Playboy article by Bernard Asbell. The article focuses on the recording of "Wishing Well", identified in the article only as master 13990. The map for this session matches what is mentioned in the article, but all performances (except, perhaps, one song) have been lost and are thought to no longer exist.

Songs

The only recording from this session that may survive (although it remains undiscovered in the vault) is "But Not For Me". The four entries for this title are taken from Cole discographer Roy Holmes, whose work includes not only unconventional master numbers (A7-1, D3, etc.) but timings as well. It is highly likely, then, that the late Holmes somehow managed to get his hands on multiple takes of this classic Gershwin composition.

In 1966, Pickwick released a long-playing compilation of Cole performances titled Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. Listed on the front cover of some copies is "But Not For Me", yet it failed to be included on the record itself. Perhaps someday this recording will be discovered in the collection of the late Mr. Holmes.


Date: June 11, 1955
Location: Universal Recording, 111 E. Ontario Street, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #3831

Lee Gillette (pro), Bill Putnam (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 13994 It Was That Kiss(John Rox) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
b. 13995-6 What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry(Walter Donaldson, Abe Lyman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:23
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
c. 13996-7 Taking A Chance On Love(Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:03
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)

Nat Cole (v) on a, (p) on b-c.


Date: July 14, 1955 [14:00-17:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3908

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d)

a. 14180-3 Don't Blame Me(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) - 3:01
Capitol LP 12"T 332 — Penthouse Serenade   (1956)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
b. 14192-9 It Could Happen To You(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) - 2:45
Capitol LP 12"T 332 — Penthouse Serenade   (1956)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
c. 14206-1alt I Surrender, Dear(Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford) - 2:59
d. 14206-2 I Surrender, Dear(Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford) - 2:57
Capitol LP 12"T 332 — Penthouse Serenade   (1956)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
e. 14207-3 Little Girl(Madeline Hyde, Francis Henry) - 1:47
Capitol LP 12"T 332 — Penthouse Serenade   (1956)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
All titles on:
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 7243 4 94504 2 4 — Penthouse Serenade   (1998)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W332 — Penthouse Serenade   (2008)

Date: August 18, 1955 [13:30-17:30]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3938

Lee Gillette (pro), Roy DuNann (eng), Harry Klee, Willie Schwartz, Champ Webb (f), Willie Smith (as), John Cave (frh), Juan Tizol (vtb), Nat Cole (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Sam Cytron, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Marshall Sosson (vn), Stan Spiegelman, Dave Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff, Ed Lustgarten, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14317-9 Imagination(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:27
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
b. 14318-9 April In Paris(Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:49
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
c. 14319-2 Love Walked In(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:26
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
d. 14320-1 I See Your Face Before Me(Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:32
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
e. 14325-12 Stella By Starlight(Victor Young, Ned Washington) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:45
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 81203 2 2 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1993)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)

Harry Klee (f) on b; Willie Schwartz (f) on b; Champ Webb (f) on b.

Solos:
d - Juan Tizol (vtb)

Date: August 23, 1955 [13:30-18:30]
Location: Studio B, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3944

Lee Gillette (pro), Roy DuNann (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), Harry Klee, Willie Schwartz (f), Willie Smith (as), Conrad Gozzo (t), Joe Howard, Murray McEachern, Jimmy Priddy (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Eudice Shapiro, Marshall Sosson (vn), Stan Spiegelman, Dave Sterkin (vl), Victor Gottlieb, Ray Kramer, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14342-15 I Didn't Know What Time It Was(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:08
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 1-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 81203 2 2 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1993)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)
b. 14343-5 If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)(James P. Johnson, Henry Creamer) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:37
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
c. 14344-5 Autumn Leaves(Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:28
Capitol EPEAP 1-9128 — Nat King Cole   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1962)
d. 14345-10 I Get A Kick Out Of You(Cole Porter) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:19
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 81203 2 2 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1993)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Nat Cole (v) on c-d, (p) on a-b, d; Willie Smith (as) on a-b, d; Bill Miller (p) on c.


Date: August 25, 1955 [13:30-17:40]
Location: Studio B, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3949

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v, p), Harry Klee, Willie Schwartz, Champ Webb (ww), John Cave, Vince DeRosa (frh), Ed Kusby (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Stan Spiegelman (vl), Victor Gottlieb, Kurt Reher, Joseph Saxon (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14377 There Will Never Be Another You(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:37
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1962)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
b. 14378-5 My Dream Sonata(Jimmy Van Heusen, Mack David) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:14
Capitol 78/45(F)3456 — That's All There Is To That / My Dream Sonata   (1956)
Capitol EPEAP 1-801 — Night Lights   (1957)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 14379 Let's Fall In Love(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:46
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat 'King' Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1955)
Capitol LP 12"T 420 — Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love   (1962)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
d. 14380 Love Is A Many Splendored Thing(Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:38
Capitol EPEAP 1-9128 — Nat King Cole   (1955)
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3046 — Love Is A Many Splendored Thing   (1966)
EMI LP 12"EMTV 35 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1982)
EMI CDCDP 7 48614 2 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1987)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
e. 14381-9 Ask Me(Carl Niessen, Heino Gaze, Sunny Skylar) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:53
Capitol 78/45(F)3328 — Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You / Ask Me   (1956)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Nat Cole (p) on a, c; Bill Miller (p) on b, d-e.


Date: August 27, 1955 [13:00-18:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3951

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v, p), Willie Schwartz, Willie Smith (as), Ted Nash, Buck Skalak (ts), Chuck Gentry (bar), Frank Beach, Mannie Klein, Ray Linn, Mickey Mangano (t), Murray McEachern, Dick Noel (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14382-31 Just One Of Those Things(Cole Porter) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:07
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 81203 2 2 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1993)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 826 — Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole   (2007)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (2009)
b. 14383-25 I Want To Be Happy(Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:45
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 2-689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"W 689 — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1271 (UK) — The Piano Style Of Nat 'King' Cole   (1987)
c. 14384-7 You Are My Sunshine(Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:27
Capitol EPEAP 1-9128 — Nat King Cole   (1955)
d. 14385-8 Up Pops Love(Clarence Way Kehner, Russell Faith) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:30
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Nat Cole (v) on c-d, (p) on a-b.


Date: November 15, 1955 [13:30-17:30]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4066

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Ted Nash, Phil Sobel (ww), Babe Russin (ts), Joe Koch (bar), John Best, Mannie Klein, Shorty Sherock (t), Walter Benson, Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern (tb), Barney Kessel (g), Bill Miller (cel), Mike Rubin (b), Alvin Stoller (d), Lou Singer (per), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14694-8 Take Me Back To Toyland(Bert Lowe, Kal Mann) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:53
Capitol 78/45(F)3305 — Take Me Back To Toyland / I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life   (1955)
Capitol 78/45(F)3560 — Mrs. Santa Claus / Take Me Back To Toyland   (1956)
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

Personnel

This was a split session with Helen Forrest, who recorded four titles with Dave Cavanaugh following "Toyland". It's possible the trumpets only appear on the Helen Forrest numbers.

Date

The Bear Family discography incorrectly places this session on November 17, 1955.


Date: December 20, 1955 [13:30-17:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4117

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Harry Klee (as), Ted Nash, Jim Williamson (ts), Jim Decker, Vince DeRosa (frh), Ed Kusby (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), Tiny Mitchell (g), Ray Brown (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, Kurt Dieterle, Paul Nero, Nat Ross, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin (vn), Stan Harris, Paul Robyn, Dave Sterkin (vl), James Arkatov, Ray Kramer, Ed Lustgarten (clo), unknown (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14752-6 Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow(Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:33
Capitol EPEAP 1-709 — Nat King Cole Sings Songs From "Strip For Action"   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
b. 14807 Too Young To Go Steady(Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:50
Capitol 78/45(F)3390 — Too Young To Go Steady / Never Let Me Go   (1956)
Capitol EPEAP 1-709 — Nat King Cole Sings Songs From "Strip For Action"   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
c. 14837 Dreams Can Tell A Lie(Harold Cornelius, Dominic John, Howard Barnes) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:56
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3046 — Love Is A Many Splendored Thing   (1966)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 14838-4 Back In My Arms(Roger Roger, Julie Mandel) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:03
Capitol 78/45(F)3860 — Angel Smile / Back In My Arms   (1957)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Date: December 29, 1955 [19:00-23:30]
Location: Studio C, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #3999

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), The Four Knights, unknown (bkv), Mahlon Clark, Willie Smith (as), Don Raffell, Buck Skalak (ts), Bob Lawson (bar), Pete Candoli, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Shorty Sherock (t), Joe Howard, Paul Tanner (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), Tiny Mitchell (g), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14553-7 Mr. Juke Box(Abner Silver, Roy Alfred) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:31
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
b. 14554-1 Dame Crazy(Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:37
Capitol EPEAP 1-709 — Nat King Cole Sings Songs From "Strip For Action"   (1956)
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
c. 14555 I Just Found Out About Love(Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:44
Capitol EPEAP 1-709 — Nat King Cole Sings Songs From "Strip For Action"   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 869 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (2007)
d. 14556-6 I Got Love(Dennis Farnon, Bill Olofson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:08
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
e. 14557-8 My Personal Possession(Charlie Singleton, Rose Marie McCoy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:56
Capitol 78/45(F)3737 — Send For Me / My Personal Possession   (1957)
Official (DK) CD812003 — Havin' Fun With Nat "King" Cole   (1989)
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

The Four Knights (bkv) on e; unknown (bkv) on a-b, d.

Personnel

The Four Knights consist of Cliff Holland and John Wallace (tenors), Clarence Dixon (baritone), and Oscar Broadway (bass).


Date: December 30, 1955 [00:10-02:00]
Location: Studio C, Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4000

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), The Four Knights (bkv), Mahlon Clark, Willie Smith (as), Don Raffell, Buck Skalak (ts), Bob Lawson (bar), Pete Candoli, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Shorty Sherock (t), Joe Howard, Paul Tanner (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), Tiny Mitchell (g), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14558-6 Stay(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:26
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
b. 14559 Believe(Paul O'Neil, Morris 'Moose' Charlap) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:21
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)
c. 14560-16 That's All There Is To That(Kelly Owens, Clyde Otis) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:16
Capitol 78/45(F)3456 — That's All There Is To That / My Dream Sonata   (1956)
Official (DK) CD812003 — Havin' Fun With Nat "King" Cole   (1989)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

The Four Knights (bkv) on c.

Date

This session is dated December 29, 1955 in the Capitol files, which is technically incorrect. The second of two sessions recorded that evening, this session technically began at midnight on December 30.

Personnel

See previous session notes to identify chorus personnel.


Date: January 4, 1956 [13:30-18:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4006

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Emmett Callen, Vic Garber, Justin Gordon (f, sax), Richard Perissi (frh), Paul Tanner (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p, cel), Tiny Mitchell (g), Joe Comfort (b), Sinclair Lott, Lee Young (d), Bernie Mattinson (per), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Walter Edelstein, Dave Frisina, Benny Gill, George Kast, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld (vn), Stan Harris, Michel Perriere, Milton Thomas (vl), Cy Bernard, Armand Kaproff, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14581-9 Night Lights(Chester Conn, Sammy Gallop) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:47
Capitol 78/45(F)3551 — Night Lights / To The Ends Of The Earth   (1956)
Capitol EPEAP 1-801 — Night Lights   (1957)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. 14582-7 The Shadows(Fred Ebb, Pierre Dupriez) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:33
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
c. 14583-10 To The Ends Of The Earth(Noel Sherman, Joe Sherman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:16
Capitol 78/45(F)3551 — Night Lights / To The Ends Of The Earth   (1956)
Capitol EPEAP 1-801 — Night Lights   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
d. 14584-11 I Promise You(Ben Oakland, Sammy Lerner, Alice Faye) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:03
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
Capitol LP 12"QBO 9038 — The Velvet Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
e. 14883-2 The Way I Love You(Hubert Giraud, Jack Lawrence) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:49
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
f. 14884-5 Never Let Me Go(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:56
Capitol 78/45(F)3390 — Too Young To Go Steady / Never Let Me Go   (1956)
Capitol LP 12"T 870 — This Is Nat "King" Cole   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"(S)T 2340 — Nat King Cole Sings His Songs From Cat Ballou And Other Motion Pictures   (1965)
All titles on:
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

unknown (bkv) on b-c; Emmett Callen (sax) on a; Vic Garber (sax) on a; Justin Gordon (sax) on a; Bill Miller (cel) on a.

Solos:
a - Bill Miller (p)
d - Juan Tizol (vtb)

Date: January 21, 1956 #1 [13:00-17:00]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4173

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Jerome Kasper, Ted Nash, Champ Webb (ww), Vince DeRosa (frh), Tommy Pederson, Paul Tanner (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Marshall Sosson (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Maxine Johnson, Dave Sterkin (vl), Cy Bernard, Ennio Bolognini, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14989 Here I Am(unknown) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
b. 14990-8 Unfair(Cliff Lee, Ivan Mogull [as Phil Belmonte]) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:01
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 14991-7 Make Me(Larry Spier) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:40
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
d. 14992-8 Sometimes I Wonder(Robert Mellin, Gerald Rogers) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:07
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Date: January 21, 1956 #2 [17:30-20:30]
Location: Capitol Studios, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4174

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Jerome Kasper, Ted Nash, Champ Webb (ww), Vince DeRosa (frh), Tommy Pederson, Paul Tanner (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Marshall Sosson (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Maxine Johnson, Dave Sterkin (vl), Cy Bernard, Ennio Bolognini, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 14993-11 Once Before(Don Gohman, Redd Evans) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:09
b. 14994-11 I'm Willing To Share This With You(Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:49
c. 14995-5 I Need A Plan(Max Rubinchik) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:31
d. 14996-5 The Story's Old(Allen Stuart, Jimmy Van Heusen [as Kurt Adams]) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:26
All titles on:
Capitol CD7243 5 31964 2 4 — Night Lights   (2001)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

unknown (bkv) on a-c; Bill Miller (p) on a, c-d, (cel) on b-d.

Personnel

The vapor voice on "Once Before" is possibly Louie Jean Norman.


Date: May 17, 1956
Location: Universal Recording, 46 E. Walton Street, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #4349

Lee Gillette (pro), Bill Putnam (eng), Nat Cole (v, spk), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Brian Farnon (con)

a. 15426-3 Intro To: We Are Americas Too - 0:46
b. 15426-21 We Are Americans Too(Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf, Charles L. Cooke, Nat Cole) / arr: Brian Farnon - 2:51
Capitol 45PRO 267 — We Are Americans Too / We Are Americans Too   (1956)
Both titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Nat Cole (v) on b, (spk) on a; John Collins (g) on b; Charlie Harris (b) on b; Lee Young (d) on b; others unknown (acc) on b; Brian Farnon (con) on b.

We Are Americans Too: A Response to Alabama

"We Are Americans Too", never released commercially until 40 years after Cole's death, was recorded five weeks after he was beaten on stage during a concert in Birmingham, Alabama.

Composers

The song was originally credited to Blake, Razaf, and Cooke. Capitol's promotional issue of "We Are Americans Too" dropped Cooke in place of Cole. Both men are included here.

Personnel

"We Are Americans Too" is the only commercial recording — and hardly one at that — known to have been arranged by Brian Farnon. Not as well known as his brothers Robert and Dennis at the time of this recording, Brian conducted the house band at the Chez Paree in Chicago, where Cole performed annually until its closing in 1960. In a 2006 interview, Farnon mentioned that Nat asked him sometime mid-late 1950s to go on the road with him, but Farnon declined. In August 1964, Cole asked again, and Farnon agreed to become the conductor of Cole's nightclub and theatre act known as Sights & Sounds. However, it was to be a short-lived association as Cole was hospitalized in December and died two months later in February 1965.

The Cole-Farnon story has an odd ending: shortly after Cole's death, Farnon sued the estate for the remaining wages promised to him under his contract with Cole. The California court rejected Farnon's claim, asserting that an act of god, i.e. death, nullified the contractual obligation of Cole and his estate to pay Farnon.

In addition to arranging and conducting for Cole in studio and on stage, Farnon also participated in Cole's August 8, 1957 session, as a member of the sax/reed section.


Date: August 15, 1956 [12:00-17:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4500

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d)

a. 15788-10 You Can Depend On Me(Earl Hines, Charlie Carpenter, Louis Dunlap) - 3:52
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
b. 15789-4alt/composite Candy(Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney, Mack David)
unissued
c. 15789-8 Candy(Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney, Mack David) - 3:53
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
d. 15790-4 Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) - 4:33
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
e. 15791-1fs It's Only A Paper Moon(Harold Arlen, Billy Rose, E. Y. Harburg) - 0:51
Analogue Productions 45 rpm LPAPP 782-45 — After Midnight   (2010)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 782 SA — After Midnight   (2011)
f. 15791-5 It's Only A Paper Moon(Harold Arlen, Billy Rose, E. Y. Harburg) - 3:06
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
g. 15792-3 (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66(Bobby Troup) - 3:40
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)

Take Numbers

The false start of "It's Only A Paper Moon" is identified as the third take on the Analogue Productions issue. However, Gillette calls for take 1 at the outset, but is then heard announcing take 3 for the next attempt following the breakdown. The take 3 identification on the AP release was likely in error, as was Gillette's mis-slating of take 3.

Take 4 of "Candy" is an edited composite of takes 1-4, assembled in the 1950s but never issued.


Date: September 14, 1956[14:00-18:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4542

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), Willie Smith (as), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d)

a. 15895-10 Don't Let It Go To Your Head(Frank Lavere, Henry Hadamik, Dick LaPalm [as Bob Nast]) - 3:09
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
b. 15896-11 You're Looking At Me(Bobby Troup) - 4:11
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
c. 15896alt You're Looking At Me(Bobby Troup) - 4:10
Capitol Jazz CD7243 5 20087 2 8 — After Midnight: The Complete Session   (1999)
Pure Pleasure LP 12"PPAN W782 — After Midnight   (2006)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
d. 15897-1fs Just You, Just Me(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) - 0:13
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. 15897-2alt Just You, Just Me(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) - 3:06
Analogue Productions 45 rpm LPAPP 782-45 — After Midnight   (2010)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 782 SA — After Midnight   (2011)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
f. 15897-3lfs Just You, Just Me(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) - 1:41
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
g. 15897-4alt Just You, Just Me(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) - 3:31
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
h. 15897-5lfs Just You, Just Me(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) - 3:01
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
i. 15897-6lfs Just You, Just Me(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) - 1:21
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
j. 15897-7 Just You, Just Me(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages) - 3:00
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"T 1034 — Popular Jazz Gold Album   (1958)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
k. 15898-1fs I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
unissued
l. 15898-2fs I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
unissued
m. 15898-3alt I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) - 2:52
unissued
n. 15898-7alt I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) - 2:55
unissued
o. 15898-8 I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) - 2:57
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)

Date: September 19, 1956 [13:30-18:45]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4549

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Willie Schwartz, Willie Smith (as), Babe Russin, Buck Skalak (ts), Joe Koch (bar), Conrad Gozzo, Cappy Lewis, Mickey Mangano, Shorty Sherock (t), Joe Howard, Jimmy Priddy (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Jimmie Rowles (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 15910-9 How Little We Know(Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:45
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1279 (UK) — The Unreleased Nat King Cole   (1987)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 32592 2 9 — Stardust: Capitol Sings Hoagy Carmichael   (1995)
b. 15911-4 Should I?(Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:04
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1279 (UK) — The Unreleased Nat King Cole   (1987)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 29393 2 0 — Great Gentlemen Of Song: Spotlight On...Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol CD72435 30303 2 2 — Songs From Stage & Screen   (2001)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 877 — Nat King Cole Sings My Fair Lady   (2007)
c. 15912-15 Ballerina(Carl Sigman, Bob Russell) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:49
Capitol 78/45(F)3619 — You Are My First Love / Ballerina   (1957)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Capitol CD09463 59324 2 3 — The Very Best of Nat King Cole   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Solos:
a - Willie Smith (as)

Personnel

Lou Singer (percussion) and Kathryn Julye (harp) are both listed on the AFM contract for this session. There is no aural presence of either on Nat's songs, meaning it is likely they played on Natalie Cole's "Good Will", which she recorded with Billy May immediately following "Ballerina".


Date: September 21, 1956 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4549

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), Juan Tizol (vtb), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Jack Costanzo (bgo, cga)

a. 15920-5 Caravan(Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol, Irving Mills) - 2:43
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
EMI CD7243 522817 2 5 — Legends Of The 20th Century   (1999)
Capitol CD72435 30302 2 3 — The King Swings   (2001)
b. 15921-11 Lonely One(Lenny Hambro, Roberta Heller) - 3:45
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
c. 15922-1 Blame It On My Youth(Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman) - 4:08
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 15923-14 What Is There To Say(Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg) - 3:33
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3105 — Stay As Sweet As You Are   (1967)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)

Jack Costanzo (bgo) on a-b, (cga) on a-b.


Date: September 24, 1956 [14:00-19:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4560

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), John Collins (g), Alvino Rey (stg), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Stuff Smith (vn)

a. 15936-5 Sometimes I'm Happy(Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar) - 4:09
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
b. 15937-3 I Know That You Know(Vincent Youmans, Anne Caldwell) - 2:27
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
c. 15938-11 When I Grow Too Old To Dream(Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II) - 3:31
Capitol LP 12"W 782 — After Midnight   (1957)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
d. 15939-14 Two Loves Have I(Jack Murray, Barry Trivers, Vincent Scotto) - 2:44
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1103 (UK) — After Midnight   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 48328 2 — The Complete After Midnight Sessions   (1987)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)

Alvino Rey (stg) on d.


Date: October 4, 1956 [13:00-16:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4581

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Mahlon Clark, Willie Smith (as), Babe Russin, Buck Skalak (ts), Joe Koch (bar), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Clyde Hurley, Mickey Mangano, Shorty Sherock (t), Murray McEachern, Ray Sims (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 15970-2 True Blue Lou(Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, Sam Coslow) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:07
b. 15971-2 Like Someone In Love(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:41
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1279 (UK) — The Unreleased Nat King Cole   (1987)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
c. 15972-9 I'm Shooting High(Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:31
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1279 (UK) — The Unreleased Nat King Cole   (1987)
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
Capitol CD72435 30303 2 2 — Songs From Stage & Screen   (2001)
d. 15973-7 Tangerine(Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:44
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3046 — Love Is A Many Splendored Thing   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
Capitol CDCDP 0777 7 99373 2 5 — Nat King Cole At The Movies   (1993)
Music For Pleasure CD72438 36553 2 8 — This Is Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol CD72435 30302 2 3 — The King Swings   (2001)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Date: October 10, 1956 [14:30-18:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4612

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Ted Nash, Champ Webb, Jim Williamson (ww), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), Murray McEachern, Tommy Pederson, Paul Tanner (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Bill Miller (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Dan Lube, Ricky Marino, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Dave Sterkin (vl), Cy Bernard, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 16073-8 One Sun(Charlie Singleton, Rose Marie McCoy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:55
b. 16074-1 You Are My First Love(Paddy Roberts, Lester Powell) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:29
Capitol 78/45(F)3619 — You Are My First Love / Ballerina   (1957)
Both titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

unknown (bkv) on a.


Date: December 19, 1956 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4710

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus, Rex Uptegraft (eng), Patricia Neff (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Charles LaVere (p), Allan Reuss (g), Jack Ryan (b), Lee Young (d), Israel Baker, Alex Beller, Joachim Chassman, Sam Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Murray Kellner, Sol Kindler, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Ricky Marino, Erno Neufeld, Joseph Quadri, Mischa Russell, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul Shure, Marshall Sosson (vn), Bill Baffa, Paul Robyn, Dave Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff (clo), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Gordon Jenkins (con)

a. 16300-6mono Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much(Irving Berlin) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:49
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1104 (UK) — Love Is The Thing   (1986)
DCC Compact Classics LP 12"LPZ-2029 — Love Is The Thing   (1996)
b. 16301-9mono Love Letters(Victor Young, Edward Heyman) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:45
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"T 1018 — Just For Variety, Vol. 16   (1958)
EMI LP 12"EMTV 35 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1982)
c. 16302-2lfs I Thought About Marie(Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:30
Analogue Productions 45 rpm LPAPP 824-45 — Love Is The Thing   (2010)
d. 16302-7 I Thought About Marie(Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:07
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SW 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1104 (UK) — Love Is The Thing   (1986)
e. 16302-8/4splice/mono I Thought About Marie(Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:08
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 824 SA — Love Is The Thing   (2011)
f. 16303-5 Where Can I Go Without You?(Victor Young, Peggy Lee) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:56
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SW 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1959)
g. 16308-7 Stardust(Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:17
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SWAL 9032 — The Stereo Disc   (1958)
h. 16309-1 Love Is The Thing(Victor Young, Ned Washington) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:11
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"T 972 — Popular Gold Album   (1958)
i. 16310-9 It's All In The Game(Carl Sigman, Charles Dawes) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:07
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SW 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1959)

Personnel

John Kraus was the lead engineer on this session and was responsible for the mono mix. Rex Uptegraft likely performed the role of second engineer on the mono mix, assisting Kraus. It is not known who was responsible for overseeing the stereo recording.


Date: December 28, 1956 [14:00-17:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4720

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus, Rex Uptegraft (eng), Patricia Neff (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Charles LaVere (p), Allan Reuss (g), Jack Ryan (b), Lee Young (d), Len Atkins, Harry Bluestone, Sam Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Jacques Gasselin, Benny Gill, Murray Kellner, Sol Kindler, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Nick Pisani, Joseph Quadri, Mischa Russell (vn), Bill Baffa, Paul Robyn, Dave Sterkin (vl), Cy Bernard (clo), Helen Bliss Hutchison (hrp), Gordon Jenkins (con)

a. 16335-5 When I Fall In Love(Victor Young, Edward Heyman) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:10
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SW 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1959)
b. 16336-7 Ain't Misbehavin'(Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:16
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZA-1 — Intro To Stereo   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
c. 16337-12 When Sunny Gets Blue(Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:45
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SW 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1959)
d. 16338-3 At Last(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:59
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SW 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1959)
e. 16339rejected I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late)(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) / arr: Gordon Jenkins
unissued
f. 16340-7 Stay As Sweet As You Are(Harry Revel, Mack Gordon) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:00
Capitol LP 12"W 824 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-11 — Love Is The Thing   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"T 986 — Just For Variety, Vol. 14   (1958)

Date: March 19, 1957 [15:00-18:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #4891

Lee Gillette (pro), Val Valentin (eng), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Ted Nash (ww), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Chico Guerrero (mcs), Jack Costanzo (bgo, cga), Alex Beller, Jacques Gasselin, Dan Lube, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld, Mischa Russell, Eudice Shapiro (vn), Irving Lipshultz (cvn), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 16738-1 When Rock And Roll Come To Trinidad(Marvin Fisher, Roy Alfred) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:18
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. 16743 China Gate(Victor Young, Harold Adamson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:46
Capitol LP 12"(S)T 2340 — Nat King Cole Sings His Songs From Cat Ballou And Other Motion Pictures   (1965)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CDCDP 0777 7 99373 2 5 — Nat King Cole At The Movies   (1993)
Both titles on:
Capitol 78/45(F)3702 — When Rock And Roll Come To Trinidad / China Gate   (1957)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

unknown (bkv) on a; Ted Nash (ww) on a; Chico Guerrero (mcs) on a; Jack Costanzo (bgo) on a, (cga) on a; Alex Beller (vn) on b; Jacques Gasselin (vn) on b; Dan Lube (vn) on b; Paul Nero (vn) on b; Erno Neufeld (vn) on b; Mischa Russell (vn) on b; Eudice Shapiro (vn) on b; Irving Lipshultz (cvn) on b; Kathryn Julye (hrp) on b.

Take Numbers

Capitol files indicate the first take was used for 16738. However, a 1957 Down Beat article by John Tynan says it took two hours to complete this song. It would be unusual to spend that much time on one song only to appoint the first attempt as master, though it is certainly likely that if so, other takes were still attempted, if not two hours worth.

Similarly, no take number has emerged from Capitol for "China Gate". Tynan's article says they ran through a test take, followed by one complete take that ended the session. If true, we could very well label the complete take as the master, assuming the test take was not slated or designated by Gillette.


Date: May 14, 1957 [20:00-01:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6010

Lee Gillette (pro), David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Herman McCoy's Boys (bkv), Plas Johnson (ww), Paul Smith (p), John Collins, Al Hendrickson (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Billy May (con)

a. 17050-12 Blue Moon(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Billy May - 2:12
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
b. 17051-3 With You On My Mind(Nat Cole, Charlotte Hawkins) / arr: Billy May - 2:37
Capitol 78/45(F)3782 — The Song Of Raintree County / With You On My Mind   (1957)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 17052-18 Don't Try(Mayme Watts, Robert Mosely) / arr: Billy May - 2:21
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
d. 17053-7 Send For Me(Ollie Jones) / arr: Billy May - 2:38
Capitol 78/45(F)3737 — Send For Me / My Personal Possession   (1957)
Capitol EPEAP 1-960 — Looking Back   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"T 1025 — Everybody Rocks   (1958)
e. 17054-11 Let's Make More Love(Bill Norvas) / arr: Billy May - 2:52
All titles on:
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 89545 2 1 — The Billy May Sessions   (1993)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Take Numbers

Bear Family says take 2 for "Send For Me". All other sources report take 7.


Date: July 10, 1957 [13:00-17:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6133

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Mannie Klein (mgr, t), Nat Cole (v), Willie Schwartz, Willie Smith (as), Jules Jacob, Ted Nash (ts), Fred Falensby (bar), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Uan Rasey (t), Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, Si Zentner (tb), George Roberts (btb), Red Callender (tu), Jimmie Rowles (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Lou Singer (per), Helen Bliss Hutchison (hrp), Billy May (con)

a. 17285-11 Don't Get Around Much Anymore(Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) / arr: Billy May - 3:10
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)
b. 17286-15 The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)(Irving Berlin) / arr: Billy May - 2:44
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)
c. 17287-7mono You'll Never Know(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Billy May - 2:40
EMI LP 12"EMTV 35 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1982)
EMI CDCDP 7 48614 2 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1987)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 903 SA — Just One Of Those Things   (2011)
d. 17287-12alt You'll Never Know(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Billy May - 2:43
unissued
e. 17287-14 You'll Never Know(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Billy May - 2:40
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 0777 7 89545 2 1 — The Billy May Sessions   (1993)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 29393 2 0 — Great Gentlemen Of Song: Spotlight On...Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol CD72435 30303 2 2 — Songs From Stage & Screen   (2001)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 903 SA — Just One Of Those Things   (2011)
f. 17288-1alt/mono Just For The Fun Of It(Lillian Bret Harte, Arlene Jackson) / arr: Billy May - 2:32
unissued
g. 17288-3alt/mono Just For The Fun Of It(Lillian Bret Harte, Arlene Jackson) / arr: Billy May - 2:33
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 903 SA — Just One Of Those Things   (2011)

Date: July 19, 1957 [13:00-16:30]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6147

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Mannie Klein (mgr, t), Nat Cole (v), Buddy Collette (ww, ts), Willie Schwartz (ww, as), Willie Smith (as), Jules Jacob (ts), Fred Falensby (bar), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Uan Rasey (t), Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, Si Zentner (tb), George Roberts (btb), Red Callender (tu), Bill Miller (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Lou Singer (per), Helen Bliss Hutchison (hrp), Billy May (con)

a. 17345-21 Who's Sorry Now(Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Ted Snyder) / arr: Billy May - 2:56
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
b. 17345-21splice/mono Who's Sorry Now(Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Ted Snyder) / arr: Billy May - 2:55
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
c. 17346-9 These Foolish Things(Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz) / arr: Billy May - 3:46
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)
d. 17347-8 Once In A While(Michael Edwards, Bud Green) / arr: Billy May - 2:48
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 903 SA — Just One Of Those Things   (2011)

Date: July 20, 1957
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6167

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), others unknown (acc)

a. 17298-1 The Song Of Raintree County(Johnny Green, Paul Francis Webster) - 2:36
Capitol 78/45(F)3782 — The Song Of Raintree County / With You On My Mind   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"(S)T 2340 — Nat King Cole Sings His Songs From Cat Ballou And Other Motion Pictures   (1965)
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
Capitol CDCDP 0777 7 99373 2 5 — Nat King Cole At The Movies   (1993)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

MGM vs. Capitol

On 20 June 1957, Cole recorded the soundtrack version of "The Song Of Raintree County" with Johnny Green at MGM's Culver City studio. The Capitol files — and the label of the original 45 — indicate that the Capitol version was recorded exactly one month later, also with Green conducting at MGM's Culver City studio. In support of the idea that the Capitol version was not recorded live with orchestra at the Capitol studios is the fact that no orchestral personnel has ever materialized.

However, it's unlikely that Cole would record both the soundtrack and Capitol versions at MGM with Johnny Green, despite the label credit.

While the Capitol files give no indication of any overdubbing, Cole probably recorded his vocals at Capitol on July 20th, possibly on top of a pre-recorded track (from June 20th?) recorded at MGM.

For more details, refer to the June 20, 1957 soundtrack session.


Date: July 31, 1957 [13:25-17:12]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6175

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Bill Schaefer (mgr, tb), Nat Cole (v), Buddy Collette (f, ts), Willie Schwartz (f, as), Willie Smith (as), Jules Jacob (ts), Fred Falensby (bar), Pete Candoli, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Lennie Mach, Mickey Mangano (t), Murray McEachern, Lloyd Ulyate (tb), George Roberts (btb), Red Callender (tu), Jimmie Rowles (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Frank Flynn (per), Helen Bliss Hutchison (hrp), Billy May (con)

a. 17288-12 Just For The Fun Of It(Lillian Bret Harte, Arlene Jackson) / arr: Billy May - 2:34
b. 17391-9 Just One Of Those Things(Cole Porter) / arr: Billy May - 2:12
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CD72435 30303 2 2 — Songs From Stage & Screen   (2001)
c. 17392-9 I Should Care(Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Billy May - 2:45
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Capitol CD72435 30303 2 2 — Songs From Stage & Screen   (2001)
d. 17393-14 The Party's Over(Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) / arr: Billy May - 2:42
Capitol LP 12"(D) W 91452 — The Broadway Moods of Nat King Cole   (1969)
EMI LP 12"EMTV 35 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1982)
EMI CDCDP 7 48614 2 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1987)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)

Date: August 7, 1957 [13:00-16:15]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6180

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), David Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Harry Klee, Willie Smith (as), Buddy Collette, Jules Jacob (ts), Fred Falensby (bar), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, Uan Rasey (t), Joe Howard, Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, Bill Schaefer (tb), Red Callender (tu), Jimmie Rowles (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Frank Flynn (per), Helen Bliss Hutchison (hrp), Billy May (con)

a. 17394-9 A Cottage For Sale(Willard Robison, Larry Conley) / arr: Billy May - 2:56
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
Capitol LP 12"SW 1062 — The Stars In Stereo   (1958)
Capitol ReelZD-21 — The Stars In Stereo   (1958)
b. 17395-3 I Understand(Kim Gannon, Mabel Wayne) / arr: Billy May - 2:23
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)
c. 17396-14 When Your Lover Has Gone(Einar A. Swan) / arr: Billy May - 2:30
Capitol ReelZD-28 — Just One Of Those Things   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1959)
Pickwick/33 LP 12"SPC-3105 — Stay As Sweet As You Are   (1967)
d. 17396-14splice/mono When Your Lover Has Gone(Einar A. Swan) / arr: Billy May - 2:30
Capitol LP 12"W 903 — Just One Of Those Things   (1957)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 903 SA — Just One Of Those Things   (2011)

Date: August 8, 1957 [14:30-17:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6184

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Buddy Collette, Brian Farnon, Bob Lawson, Ed Robinson (ww), Ed Kusby, Dick Noel (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Jimmie Rowles (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, Dan Lube, Paul Nero, Nat Ross, Marshall Sosson (vn), Barbara Simons, Dave Sterkin (vl), Cy Bernard, Armand Kaproff (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 17397-5 There's A Goldmine In The Sky(Charles Kenny, Nick Kenny) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:43
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
b. 17398-5 Around The World(Victor Young, Harold Adamson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:32
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CD0777 7 80181 2 4 — Far Away Places: Capitol Sings Around The World   (1994)
c. 17399-4 An Affair To Remember(Harry Warren, Harold Adamson, Leo McCarey) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:59
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
Capitol CD72435 30303 2 2 — Songs From Stage & Screen   (2001)
d. 17450-10 Fascination(Dick Manning, Fermo Dante Marchetti) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:59
EMI CDCDP 7932522 (UK) — Shooting High: Songs From The TV Shows   (1990)
Capitol CDCDP 0777 7 99373 2 5 — Nat King Cole At The Movies   (1993)
All titles on:
Capitol EPEAP 1-813 — Around The World   (1957)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

unknown (bkv) on a.

Solos:
d - Juan Tizol (vtb)

Instrumentation

The woodwinds played are flute, clarinet (x2), and bass clarinet.


Date: November 20, 1957 [13:30-16:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6419

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), John T. Williams (p), Bob Bain (g), Ed Gilbert (b), Alvin Stoller (d), Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Dave Frisina, Jacques Gasselin, Benny Gill, Henry Hill, Dan Lube, Alfred Lustgarten, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld, Nick Pisani, Mischa Russell, Eudice Shapiro, Jerry Vinci (vn), Stan Harris, Lou Kievman, Ralph Lane, Sanford Schonbach, Barbara Simons, Dave Sterkin (vl), Naoum Benditzky, Victor Gottlieb, Irving Lipshultz, Ed Lustgarten, George Neikrug, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 17779-5 How Did I Change?(Al Frisch, Allan Roberts) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:41
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1279 (UK) — The Unreleased Nat King Cole   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Split Session

Masters 17780 & 17798-17799 were Nelson Riddle titles recorded for the album Sea Of Dreams.


Date: November 22, 1957 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6423

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v, spk), unknown (bkv), Plas Johnson (ts), Jimmie Rowles (p), Bob Bain, John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 17962-19 It's None Of My Affair(Sammy Gallop, Chester Conn) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:43
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
b. 17963-21 Angel Smile(Luther Dixon, Billy Dawn Smith, Burt Keyes) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:30
Capitol 78/45(F)3860 — Angel Smile / Back In My Arms   (1957)
Capitol EPEAP 1-960 — Looking Back   (1958)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 17964-4 Nothing In The World(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:38
Capitol 78/45(F)4004 — Come Closer To Me (Acercate Mas) / Nothing In the World   (1958)
Capitol EPEAP 1-1138 — Non Dimenticar   (1958)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 17965 Toys For Tots(Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:22
Capitol 45 — Toys For Tots / Toys For Tots   (1957)
Capitol 33 rpm Single — Toys For Tots   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)

Plas Johnson (ts) on b-d; Nat Cole (spk) on d.

Take Numbers

The Bear Family discography lists take 4 for "Nothing In The World", while Ruppli's Capitol Discography says take 2. There is probably no difference between the stereo and mono masters and so one of these must be incorrect. Take 4 is reported here.


Sessions Reported: 54

Performances Reported: 239

Unique Songs Reported: 188

Unique Issues Reported: 172