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Capitol Records, Part IV (1958-1960)

by Jordan Taylor & G.E. Hewitt

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Nat King Cole
Introduction

Cole participated in at least 42 recording sessions during the 1958-1960 period. Remarkably, 27 of them occurred in 1958 alone, producing a handful of singles and no less than seven full-length albums. This section is notable as it marks the end of Cole's decade-long association with Nelson Riddle and the appearance of arranger Ralph Carmichael, who would quickly emerge as Cole's full-time musical director. (Photo: recording in Studio B, September 2, 1959.)


Date: January 29, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5718

Lee Gillette (pro), Bob Arnold, Bill Brittan (eng), Nat Cole (v), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Bernie Glow, Charlie Shavers (t), Hank Jones (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 21940-9 Beale Street Blues(W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:55
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 CD72435-27316-2-6 — Rockin' Boppin' & Blues   (2000)
b. 21941-5 Yellow Dog Blues(W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:15
c. 21942-11 Careless Love(Spencer Williams, W. C. Handy, Martha Koenig) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:43
d. 21943-7 Chantez Les Bas(W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:34
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 993 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 993 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)
Capitol ReelZD-59 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)

Instrumentation

On "Careless Love" the five-man sax section is as follows: flute/alto sax/clarinet; flute/alto sax; clarinet/tenor sax (x2); bass clarinet/baritone sax.


Date: January 30, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5719

Lee Gillette (pro), Bob Arnold, Bill Brittan (eng), Nat Cole (v), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Bernie Glow, Charlie Shavers (t), Hank Jones (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 21944-10 Morning Star(Mack David, W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:10
b. 21945-4 Overture: Love Theme / Hesitating Blues(Nelson Riddle, W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:06
c. 21946-3 Stay(Andy Razaf, Elizabeth Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:36
d. 21947-6 St. Louis Blues(W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:25
Capitol LP 12"(S)WCL 1613 — The Nat King Cole Story   (1961)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1928 — The Nat King Cole Story, Volume 3   (1963)
Capitol LP 12"(S)T 2340 — Nat King Cole Sings His Songs From Cat Ballou And Other Motion Pictures   (1965)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 993 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 993 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)
Capitol ReelZD-59 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)

Instrumentation

On "St. Louis Blues" the four-man sax section is as follows: alto sax/flute (x2); tenor sax/clarinet; baritone sax.

Similar doubling likely occurred on the other titles as well.


Date: January 31, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5720

Lee Gillette (pro), Bob Arnold, Bill Brittan (eng), Nat Cole (v), Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Bernie Glow, Charlie Shavers (t), Hank Jones (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 21948-14 Harlem Blues(W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:52
b. 21949-7 Joe Turner's Blues(W. C. Handy, Walter Hirsch) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:37
c. 21950-4 Memphis Blues(W. C. Handy, George A. Norton, J. Russell Robinson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:03
d. 21951-8 Friendless Blues(Mercedes Gilbert, W. C. Handy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:12
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 993 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 993 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)
Capitol ReelZD-59 — St. Louis Blues   (1958)

Personnel

While the majority of the listed personnel for this and the preceding two sessions is speculative, there is good reason to believe the trumpet section is accurate. Edison is known to have been in New York at the time, and there are several spots throughout the album that sound very much like him.

The inclusion of Bernie Glow and Charlie Shavers, on the other hand, is based on those two first names being written in the trumpet part of the original score of "Joe Turner's Blues". While this may be incorrect, Glow and Shavers seem the most likely possibilities.

Hank Jones is more of a guess. However, he was recording often for Capitol in the days immediately before and after these sessions—both as a leader and a sideman—so it's not unreasonable to think that he plays here as well.


Date: February 4, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5729

Lee Gillette, Andy Wiswell (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Freddy Cole (p), John Collins, Bucky Pizzarelli (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 21977-8 Make It Last(Bee Walker, Gladys Shelley) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:41
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
b. 21978-1alt Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:28
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 21978-2alt Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:33
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 21978-3fs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 0:18
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. 21978-4fs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 0:09
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
f. 21978-5fs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 0:17
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
g. 21978-6fs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 0:13
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
h. 21978-7fs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 0:33
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
i. 21978-8lfs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:18
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
j. 21978-9alt Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:33
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)
k. 21978-10fs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 0:26
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
l. 21978-11fs Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 0:19
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
m. 21978-12alt Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:22
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
n. 21978-13 Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:45
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
o. 21978-17alt Thank You, Pretty Baby(Clyde Otis, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:04
unissued
p. 21979-3 Looking Back(Clyde Otis, Belford Hendricks, Brook Benton) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:10
Capitol 78/45(F)3939 — Looking Back / Do I Like It?   (1958)
Capitol EPEAP 1-960 — Looking Back   (1958)
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)
q. 21979alt Looking Back(Clyde Otis, Belford Hendricks, Brook Benton) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:10
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
r. 21980-7 Just As Much As Ever(Charlie Singleton, Larry Coleman) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:13
Capitol EPEAP 1-1317 — Midnight Flyer   (1959)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
s. 21992-8 Do I Like It?(Jack Hammer, James De Leston) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:05
Capitol 78/45(F)3939 — Looking Back / Do I Like It?   (1958)
Capitol EPEAP 1-960 — Looking Back   (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)

Personnel

As with all New York sessions, personnel listed is largely speculative. However, both Bucky Pizzarelli and Freddy Cole have each said they played on this date, and are listed along with Cole's regular rhythm section, who may or not actually be present.

Lee Gillette is credited with producing this date. The session material reveals, at the very least, that Capitol producer Andy Wiswell, who is heard throughout, had a significant role in this session as well.

Ruppli lists Sid Feller as conducting this session, presumably based off Capitol documentation. Dave Cavanaugh, though, has always been credited on all releases. Wiswell can be heard saying 'Dave' at multiple spots during the date and the conductor also sounds like Cavanaugh. Feller may have been there, too, but doesn't appear to have conducted.

Additionally, a finding aid for the Capitol Manuscript archive at BYU attributes the arrangements of "Do I Like It?" and "Just As Much As Ever" to Nelson Riddle, but Riddle's involvement has yet to be confirmed.

"Thank You, Pretty Baby"

The Bear Family and Ruppli discographies report take 13 as being the master of "Thank You, Pretty Baby". While this may have been designated as such, take 13 does not appear to be what was used when the song was first released, with overdubs, in 1967. Careful listening reveals that the original release sounds like the ninth take. Further, an acetate of take 17 has surfaced (although not heard), meaning they attempted at least four additional takes following the supposed master.


Date: February 17, 1958
Location: Panart Studio, San Miguel 410, Havana, Cuba
Label: Capitol
Session #6568

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Facundo Rivero Quartet (bkv), Bebo Valdes (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Armando Romeu, Jr. (con)

a. 17864-5 María Elena(Lorenzo Barcelata, Bob Russell) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:40
Capitol LP 12"W 1031 — Cole Español   (1958)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 822 — Cole Español / More Cole Español   (2007)
b. 17865-18 Lisbon Antigua(Raul Portela, Jose Galhardo, Amadeu do Vale, Harry Dupree) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:42
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
c. 17866-25 Come Closer To Me (Acércate Más)(Osvaldo Farres, Al Stewart) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:46
Capitol 78/45(F)4004 — Come Closer To Me (Acercate Mas) / Nothing In the World   (1958)
Capitol EPEAP 1-1138 — Non Dimenticar   (1958)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Facundo Rivero Quartet (bkv) on b-c.

Master Numbers

Ruppli lists "Cachito", master #17867, as being recorded at this session, although he does state that the vocal was overdubbed later. Other sources, including Bear Family and the discography that appears in Maria Cole's biography of her husband, do not list "Cachito" at this date, nor is there any listing for 17867. However, the following session begins with master #17868, so it is entirely plausible that Ruppli is correct.

Overdubs

Conventional wisdom regarding this album is that the backgrounds were recorded in February while Cole was playing the Tropicana in Havana and Cole then recorded vocal overdubs on June 9 and June 11 back in Los Angeles. This may certainly be true for everything on the album, however because both "Lisbon Antigua" and "Come Closer To Me" are sung in English, it is at least possible that the final vocals were done in Havana.

Personnel

Some sources suggest that Armando De Sequeira Romeu, nephew of the conductor, played drums on the album. Lee Young (and Cole's other musicians) are reported here until the younger Romeu can be confirmed, though it is not known if Young, Collins, and Harris actually played on any of the Havana sessions. This applies to all four of the Havana sessions.

Song Title

"Come Closer To Me" bears two different titles in this discography. For all other recordings, the song is displayed with Spanish title first, since Nat sings either full or partial Spanish lyrics in those performances. The title is only reversed for this session's performance, since it is sung entirely in English, and presented with English title on the original Capitol single.


Date: February 18, 1958
Location: Panart Studio, San Miguel 410, Havana, Cuba
Label: Capitol
Session #6569

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v, p), Bebo Valdes (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Armando Romeu, Jr. (con)

a. 17868 Tú, Mi Delirio(César Portillo de la Luz) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:34
Capitol LP 12"W 1031 — Cole Español   (1958)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 822 — Cole Español / More Cole Español   (2007)
b. 17869-39 El Bodeguero(Richard Egues) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:21
Capitol LP 12"W 1031 — Cole Español   (1958)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 822 — Cole Español / More Cole Español   (2007)
c. 17870-7 Come To The Mardi Gras(Ervin Drake, Max Bulhoes, Jimmy Shirl, Milton de Oliveira) - 2:08
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1279 (UK) — The Unreleased Nat King Cole   (1987)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 17870alt Come To The Mardi Gras(Ervin Drake, Max Bulhoes, Jimmy Shirl, Milton de Oliveira) - 2:09
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
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 b-d, (p) on a; Bebo Valdes (p) on b-d; Lee Young (d) on b-d.

Master Numbers

Ruppli lists "Noche De Ronda", master #17871, at this session, the only source to do so. Though not documented anywhere else, the the gap in master numbers between 17870 and 17872 from the following session is curious.

Band Vocals

The additional vocals on "El Bodeguero" are likely supplied by the musicians.

Personnel

The arranger of "Mardi Gras" cannot be confirmed. A score exists at the Schomburg in New York, but no arranger is listed in the finding aid.


Date: February 20, 1958 #1
Location: Panart Studio, San Miguel 410, Havana, Cuba
Label: Capitol
Session #6570

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Bebo Valdes (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc)

a. 17872-18 Te Quiero, Dijiste (Magic Is The Moonlight)(Maria Grever, Charles Pasquale) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:37
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
b. 17873-10 Arrivederci Roma(Alessandro Giovannini, Pietro Garinei, Renato Ranucci, Carl Sigman) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:44
Music For Pleasure CD72438 36553 2 8 — This Is Nat King Cole   (1995)
c. 17874-18 Quizás, Quizás, Quizás(Osvaldo Farrés, Joe Davis) / arr: Armando Romeu, Jr. - 2:43
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 1031 — Cole Español   (1958)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 822 — Cole Español / More Cole Español   (2007)

Arrangements

Cole's manuscript library at the Schomburg lists two scores of "Quizás", one by Romeu and the other unidentified in the finding aid. The other arrangement may be the one used in subsequent concert appearances.


Date: February 20, 1958 #2
Location: Panart Studio, San Miguel 410, Havana, Cuba
Label: Capitol
Session #6571

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Mariachi de Alfredo Serna, others unknown (acc)

a. 17876-14 Las Mañanitas(Traditional, Adapted by Jack Harris, Adapted by Kirk Patrick) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:55
b. 17877-23 Adelita(Traditional, Adapted by Jack Harris, Adapted by Kirk Patrick) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:07
Both titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 1031 — Cole Español   (1958)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 822 — Cole Español / More Cole Español   (2007)

Date: May 2, 1958 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6800

Lee Gillette (pro), Pete Abbott (eng), Nat Cole (v), Rene Faure (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Arno, Harry Bluestone, Sam Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Walter Edelstein, Dave Frisina, Jacques Gasselin, Murray Kellner, Joseph Livoti, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Nick Pisani, Joseph Quadri, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Marshall Sosson (vn), Bill Baffa, Lou Kievman, Ray Menhennick, Dave Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff, Ray Kramer (clo), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Gordon Jenkins (con)

a. 18927-7 I Wish I Knew The Way To Your Heart (Notorious)(Al Stillman, Carlo Alberto Rossi) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:11
b. 18928-9 This Is All I Ask(Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 4:29
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 18929-5 The More I See You(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:25
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)
Music For Pleasure CD72438 36553 2 8 — This Is Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol CD72435-25008-2-6 — Songs From The Heart   (2000)
d. 18930-4 I Found A Million Dollar Baby(Harry Warren, Mort Dixon, Billy Rose) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:47
e. 18951-9 Making Believe You're Here(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:38
f. 18952-2 My Heart Tells Me(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 4:16
Capitol CD72435 25009 2 5 — Try Not To Cry   (2000)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1106 (UK) — The Very Thought Of You   (1986)

Date: May 6, 1958 [14:30-18:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6806

Lee Gillette (pro), Pete Abbott (eng), Nat Cole (v), Rene Faure (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Sam Cytron, Harold Dicterow, Walter Edelstein, Dave Frisina, Benny Gill, Nathan Kaproff, Murray Kellner, Sol Kindler, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Nick Pisani, Lou Raderman, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson (vn), Bill Baffa, Lou Kievman, Ray Menhennick, Dave Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff, Ray Kramer (clo), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Gordon Jenkins (con)

a. 18957-7 Don't Blame Me(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:55
b. 18958-9 Cherchez La Femme(Bob Marcus, Lorenzo Pack) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:38
Capitol LP 12"W 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1106 (UK) — The Very Thought Of You   (1986)
DCC Compact Classics LP 12"LPZ-2047 — The Very Thought Of You   (1997)
c. 18959-9 The Very Thought Of You(Ray Noble) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:46
Capitol LP 12"W 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1106 (UK) — The Very Thought Of You   (1986)
d. 18960-6 Paradise(Gordon Clifford, Nacio Herb Brown) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:10
Capitol LP 12"W 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)WCL 1613 — The Nat King Cole Story   (1961)
e. 18984-11 There Is No Greater Love(Marty Symes, Isham Jones) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:03
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
Capitol CD72435-25008-2-6 — Songs From The Heart   (2000)
All titles on:
Capitol CDCDP 7 48331 2 — The Very Thought Of You   (1987)
DCC Compact Classics CDGZS-1119 — The Very Thought Of You   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 875 — The Very Thought Of You   (2007)
Analogue Productions 45 rpm LPAPP 1084-45 — The Very Thought Of You   (2010)
Analogue Productions SACDCAPP 1084 SA — The Very Thought Of You   (2011)

Date: May 8, 1958 [14:30-17:30]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6815

Lee Gillette (pro), Pete Abbott (eng), Nat Cole (v), Rene Faure (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Arno, Harry Bluestone, Sam Cytron, Harold Dicterow, Kurt Dieterle, Walter Edelstein, Dave Frisina, Jacques Gasselin, Nathan Kaproff, Murray Kellner, Sol Kindler, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Ricky Marino, Erno Neufeld, Nick Pisani, Joseph Quadri, Lou Raderman, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Marshall Sosson (vn), Bill Baffa, Lou Kievman, Ray Menhennick, Dave Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff, Ray Kramer (clo), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Gordon Jenkins (con)

a. 19063-7 Magnificent Obsession(Fred Karger, Frankie Laine) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:51
b. 19064-8 Cherie, I Love You(Lillian Rosedale Goodman) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:28
c. 19065-9 Impossible(Steve Allen) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:06
Capitol CD72435-25008-2-6 — Songs From The Heart   (2000)
d. 19066-3 But Beautiful(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:25
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 CD72435-25008-2-6 — Songs From The Heart   (2000)
e. 19067-3 For All We Know(Sam M. Lewis, J. Fred Coots) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 3:12
Capitol CD72435-25008-2-6 — Songs From The Heart   (2000)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1958)
Capitol LP 12"SW 1084 — The Very Thought Of You   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1106 (UK) — The Very Thought Of You   (1986)

Date: June 9, 1958 [14:30-17:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6905

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Mannie Klein, Rudy Loera, Henry Miranda, Al Rojo (t), Rene Touzet (p), John Collins, Lorenzo Felix, Charles Gonzales, Fred Hernandez, Joe Nieto (g), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Chico Guerrero, Joe Guerrero, Armando Mesa, Carlos Vidal (per), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 19316-27 Cachito(Consuelo Velázquez) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:49
b. 19317 Noche De Ronda(María Teresa Lara) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:30
Both titles on:
Capitol LP 12"W 1031 — Cole Español   (1958)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 822 — Cole Español / More Cole Español   (2007)

Master Numbers

Ruppli and Roy Holmes list "El Bodeguero", master #19135, as being recorded at this session while other sources, including Bear Family and the discography that appears in Maria Cole's biography of her husband, do not list this second recording of "El Bodeguero". It is possible that Cole recorded his vocal overdub at this session, but that is speculative.

Listing this performance as unissued, Ruppli also notes that this track and "Noche De Ronda" were made using backing tracks recorded in Cuba. However, this seems unlikely based on the reported personnel for this session and the accompaniment that appears on the released master of "Noche De Ronda".

Arrangements

At least two arrangements were written of "Noche De Ronda", one by Cavanaugh and the other by Riddle. Riddle's ledger indicates that he wrote (and was paid for) an arrangement of this song, while Cole's manuscript archive includes a score that credits Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh will be credited here.


Date: June 20, 1958 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #6968

Lee Gillette (pro), Mannie Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), unidentified (bkv), Ronnie Lang, Willie Smith (as), Buddy Collette, Buck Skalak (ts), Joe Koch (bar), Pete Candoli, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Mickey Mangano, Shorty Sherock (t), Dick Noel, Tommy Pederson (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), George Roberts (btb), John Williams (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Frank Flynn (per), Joseph DiFiore, Cecil Figelski, Stan Harris, Lou Kievman, Sol Klein, Alex Neiman, Sven Reher, Barbara Simons, Milton Thomas (vl), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 19430-6 Too Much(Bill Baker, Dok Stanford) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:18
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46650 2 — Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love (And More)   (1987)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 31773 2 5 — To Whom It May Concern   (1995)
Capitol CD72435-25008-2-6 — Songs From The Heart   (2000)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
b. 19431-9 Lovesville(Beasley Smith, Ralph Freed) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:37
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 31773 2 5 — To Whom It May Concern   (1995)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
c. 19432-16 Can't Help It(Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:35
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 31773 2 5 — To Whom It May Concern   (1995)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
d. 19433-16 I Got Love(Dennis Farnon, Bill Olofson) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:00
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
Capitol LP 12"ST-50.022 (VE) — Unreleased   (1982)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

unidentified (bkv) on b, d; Frank Flynn (per) on a-c; Joseph DiFiore (vl) on a-c; Cecil Figelski (vl) on a-c; Stan Harris (vl) on a-c; Lou Kievman (vl) on a-c; Sol Klein (vl) on a-c; Alex Neiman (vl) on a-c; Sven Reher (vl) on a-c; Barbara Simons (vl) on a-c; Milton Thomas (vl) on a-c.

Remakes

"I Got Love" was an almost identical remake of the recording from December 29, 1955. Neither version was released during Cole's lifetime. The 1958 version first appeared on the promotional LP given to attendees of a Nat Cole Cancer Foundation benefit. It was nearly released several years earlier, in 1960, when it was assembled on an album reel for a project tentatively titled Sweethearts On Parade, but never issued.


Date: June 30, 1958 [13:00-17:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7011

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Marshal Royal, Frank Wess (as), Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), John Anderson, Wendell Culley, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Snooky Young (t), Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Gerald Wiggins (p, con), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 19469overdub Acércate Más (Come Closer To Me)(Osvaldo Farres, Al Stewart) - 2:48
Capitol LP 12"W 1031 — Cole Español   (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)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 822 — Cole Español / More Cole Español   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. 19550-5 She's Funny That Way(Charles N. Daniels [aka Neil Moret], Richard Whiting) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 3:00
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
c. 19551-2 Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere(Victor Young, Ned Washington, Lee Wiley) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:18
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
d. 19552-9 I Want A Little Girl(Billy Moll, Murray Mencher) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:46
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
e. 19553-1alt Mood Indigo(Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 3:13
unissued
f. 19553-7 Mood Indigo(Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 3:19
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
g. 19569-6 The Blues Don't Care(Vic Abrams) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:07
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)

Marshal Royal (as) on b-g; Frank Wess (as) on b-g; Frank Foster (ts) on b-g; Billy Mitchell (ts) on b-g; Charlie Fowlkes (bar) on b-g; John Anderson (t) on b-g; Wendell Culley (t) on b-g; Thad Jones (t) on b-g; Joe Newman (t) on b-g; Snooky Young (t) on b-g; Henry Coker (tb) on b-g; Al Grey (tb) on b-g; Benny Powell (tb) on b-g; Gerald Wiggins (p) on b-g, (con) on b-g; Freddie Green (g) on b-g; Eddie Jones (b) on b-g; Sonny Payne (d) on b-g; Dave Cavanaugh (con) on b-g.

Overdubs

"Acercate Mas" features a vocal overdub from Cole using the orchestral background recorded in Havana on February 17th. While Capitol files date this overdubbed vocal on June 30, a session with Basie seems an odd time to record this. The master number assigned—19469—would place the song around June 23rd or 24th, though there is no other evidence to suggest that this was recorded at any other session than the 30th.


Date: July 1, 1958 [13:30-17:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7018

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Marshal Royal, Frank Wess (as), Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), John Anderson, Wendell Culley, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Snooky Young (t), Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Gerald Wiggins (p, con), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 19570-6 Avalon(Vincent Rose, Al Jolson, Buddy DeSylva) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:43
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
b. 19571-7 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home(Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:09
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
c. 19572-8alt The Late, Late Show(Roy Alfred, Dave Cavanaugh) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:19
unissued
d. 19572-9fs The Late, Late Show(Roy Alfred, Dave Cavanaugh) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh
unissued
e. 19572-10 The Late, Late Show(Roy Alfred, Dave Cavanaugh) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:30
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
f. 19573-15 Welcome To The Club(Noel Sherman, Dick Wolf) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:43
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)

Dave Cavanaugh (con) on a-b, f; Gerald Wiggins (con) on c-e.

Composers

Dave Cavanaugh wrote "The Late, Late Show" under the pseudonym Murray Berlin.

Personnel

Cavanaugh arranged and conducted the full album, although it is pianist Gerald Wiggins who is heard giving the downbeat on "The Late, Late Show", which is all the more odd considering it was Cavanaugh's own composition.


Date: July 2, 1958 [12:00-15:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7022

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Marshal Royal, Frank Wess (as), Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), John Anderson, Wendell Culley, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Snooky Young (t), Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Gerald Wiggins (p, con), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 19589-15 Look Out For Love(Colin Romoff, Daniel J. Meehan) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:54
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
b. 19590-1 Wee Baby Blues(Pete Johnson, Joe Turner) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 3:12
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1120 — Welcome To The Club   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1724 — The Swingin' Side Of Nat King Cole   (1962)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
c. 19589-7/18 splice/mono Madrid(Nat Cole, Johnny Lange) / arr: Billy May - 2:45
Capitol 45F4125 — Give Me Your Love / Madrid   (1959)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 7 96259 2 — Big Band Cole   (1991)
d. 19589-17/18 splice Madrid(Nat Cole, Johnny Lange) / arr: Billy May - 2:45
Capitol EPSEP 1-1231 — You Made Me Love You   (1959)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. 19589-18 Madrid(Nat Cole, Johnny Lange) / arr: Billy May - 2:45
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 153 — Welcome To The Club   (2013)

Take Numbers

The three-track session tape identifies take 15 as the master of "Look Out For Love", though both the Bear Family and Ruppli Capitol discographies list take 18 as the master. Take 15 is reported here.

Take Numbers, Part II

There is considerable uncertainty about the pieced takes used for the original mono and stereo mixes of "Madrid", and even the complete and unedited take found on the three-track session reel. The current thinking is as follows:

-the original mono mix contains the first five seconds of take 7, while the remainder is from take 18*.

-the original stereo master used take 17 until 'at the airport in sunny Spain', at which point the remainder of the song is take 18*.

*Notes made by engineer Steve Hoffman, say that take 18 was originally marked HOLD by producer Lee Gillette — in other words, do not destroy. This makes sense given that both the mono and stereo masters are both — apparently — prominently comprised of take 18.

However, when Hoffman remixed this album in 2013, he used the three-track session reels, all of which feature Lee Gillette announcing the slate for each song. During the production of "Madrid", Gillette calls for take 17, which is supposed to be an incomplete take (per Gillette's original notes and the tape box itself). It's not only possible but likely that Gillette mis-spoke when announced the slate for "Madrid", repeating 17 when he meant to say 18.

This discography operates under the assumption that take 18 is the complete and unedited performance on the three-track session reel, and what is featured on the Audio Fidelity release of Welcome To The Club.


Date: August 11, 1958 [14:00-17:15]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7128

Lee Gillette (pro), Sol Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Jerome Kasper, Harry Klee, Ronnie Lang (ww), Dick Noel, Tommy Pederson (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), Russ Brown (btb), Jimmie Rowles (p, cel), John Collins (g), Lee Young (d), Israel Baker, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Dan Lube, Alfred Lustgarten, Lisa Minghetti, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell (vn), Stan Harris, Ralph Lane (vl), Ed Lustgarten, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 19854-8 To Whom It May Concern(Nat Cole, Charlotte Hawkins) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:55
Capitol EPEAP 1-1211 — Nat King Cole Sings Night Of The Quarter Moon   (1959)
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 CDCDP 0777 7 99373 2 5 — Nat King Cole At The Movies   (1993)
b. 19855-1 Love-Wise(Marvin Fisher, Kenward Elmslie) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:53
Capitol LP 12"(D)T 2348 — Nature Boy   (1965)
c. 19856-3 In The Heart Of Jane Doe(Larry Stock, James C. Cavanaugh) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:01
d. 19857-5 My Heart's Treasure(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:55
e. 19858-3 You're Bringing Out The Dreamer In Me(Johnny Burke) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:05
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 31773 2 5 — To Whom It May Concern   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)

Jimmie Rowles (cel) on a, c, e.


Date: August 18, 1958 [12:00-16:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7146

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), John Hacker (ww), Huntington Burdick, Richard Perissi (frh), Jimmie Rowles (p, cel), John Collins (g), Jack Rose (man), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Lou Klass, Alfred Lustgarten, Lisa Minghetti, Erno Neufeld, Nat Ross, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Stan Harris, Ralph Lane, Dave Sterkin (vl), Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), unidentified (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 19891-9alt Give Me Your Love(Robert Mosely, Mayme Watts) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:10
unissued
b. 19891-15 Give Me Your Love(Robert Mosely, Mayme Watts) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:09
Capitol 45F4125 — Give Me Your Love / Madrid   (1959)
Capitol EPSEP 1-1231 — You Made Me Love You   (1959)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 19892-1alt Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma(Tomas Mendez, Ronnie Carson, Pat Valando) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:05
unissued
d. 19892-9 Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma(Tomas Mendez, Ronnie Carson, Pat Valando) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:03
Capitol EPEAP 1-1317 — Midnight Flyer   (1959)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. 19893-4 Non Dimenticar(Shelley Dobbins, Michele Galdieri, P. G. Redi) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:49
Capitol 78/45(F)4056 — Non Dimenticar / Bend A Little My Way   (1958)
Capitol EPEAP 1-1138 — Non Dimenticar   (1958)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93590 2 — Capitol Collectors Series   (1990)
f. 19894-15 Bend A Little My Way(Noel Sherman, Dick Wolf) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:23
Capitol 78/45(F)4056 — Non Dimenticar / Bend A Little My Way   (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)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
g. 19895-9 This Morning It Was Summer(Bob Haymes) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:57
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 31773 2 5 — To Whom It May Concern   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
h. 19896-2/3 A Thousand Thoughts Of You(Sammy Gallop, Ulpio Minucci) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:57
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46650 2 — Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love (And More)   (1987)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 31773 2 5 — To Whom It May Concern   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)

Take Numbers

The Ruppli and Bear Family discographies both identify take 15 as the master for "Give Me Your Love". However, the stereo session reel lists only 11 takes of the song, with take 9 identified as the only complete take. It's possible that a second reel exists which might contain the remaining takes, meaning that a 15th take could in fact be the master performance.


Date: September 29, 1958
Location: Universal Recording, 46 E. Walton Street or First Church of Deliverance, Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #7263

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), First Church of Deliverance Choir (bkv), others unknown (acc), Gordon Jenkins (con)

a. 30135-2 Ain't Gonna Study War No More(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:27
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1249 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7 96263 2 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1991)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)
b. 30135-10alt Ain't Gonna Study War No More(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:27
unissued
c. 30136-4splice Every Time I Feel The Spirit(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:50
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1249 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7 96263 2 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1991)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)
d. 30137-9 Standin' In The Need Of Prayer(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:11
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1249 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7 96263 2 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1991)
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)
e. 30137-10alt Standin' In The Need Of Prayer(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:12
unissued
f. 30138-1 Go Down, Moses(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:50
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1249 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7 96263 2 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1991)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)
g. 30339-1 Steal Away(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:47
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1249 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7 96263 2 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1991)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)

Location

There is some uncertainty about where exactly in Chicago this album was recorded, with both Universal Recording and the First Church of Deliverance both being likely possibilities. Aural evidence suggests a mixture of both, with some performances having a noticeable church echo, and others bearing the qualities of a conventional studio. Cole associate Dick LaPalm, who was based in Chicago, said he attended a session for this album and asserted it was done at Universal.

Alternates and Splices

The alternate takes are from two acetates that emerged online in recent years. Although not heard, the acetates bear take numbers that differ from those listed on the original tape box.

"Ain't Gonna Study War No More" presents an interesting case. The original LP and the 1966 reissue both clock the song at 2:27. However, in the CD era, multiple releases bear a running time of 2:37. It has not been determined if the CD issues in question use a third take, in addition to what is reported here.

That same box indicates that there is a bad splice at 1:40 of "Every Time I Feel The Spirit".


Date: September 30, 1958
Location: Chicago
Label: Capitol
Session #7264

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), First Church of Deliverance Choir (bkv), others unknown (acc), Gordon Jenkins (con)

a. 30140-7 I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:54
b. 30141-9 I Want To Be Ready(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:47
c. 30142-3 Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:45
d. 30143-8 In The Sweet By And By(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:55
e. 30144-6 Sweet Hour Of Prayer(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:50
f. 30145-3 Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 1:55
Capitol LP 12"(S)WCL 1613 — The Nat King Cole Story   (1961)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1928 — The Nat King Cole Story, Volume 3   (1963)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
g. 30146-1 I Found The Answer(Johnny Lange) / arr: Gordon Jenkins - 2:00
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1249 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7 96263 2 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (1991)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)

Location

See note from previous session.


Date: October 30, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5894

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 22386 For You(Al Dubin, Joe Burke) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:20
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)
b. 22387-7 Crazy She Calls Me(Carl Sigman, Bob Russell) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:34
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 29393 2 0 — Great Gentlemen Of Song: Spotlight On...Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol CD72435 30302 2 3 — The King Swings   (2001)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 22388-18 Until The Real Thing Comes Along(Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn, Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols, L.E. Freeman) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 3:09
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 29393 2 0 — Great Gentlemen Of Song: Spotlight On...Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol CD72435 30302 2 3 — The King Swings   (2001)
d. 22389 You Are My Love(Dave Cavanaugh, Noel Sherman) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:54
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)

Composers

"You Are My Love" was credited to Noel Sherman and Stanley Bass, the latter being a pseudonym of arranger/producer Dave Cavanaugh. The song was previously recorded as instrumentals on Capitol by Milt Buckner and Hank Jones, both of which were most likely produced by Cavanaugh.

Personnel

All personnel beyond Cole, Cavanaugh, and Gillette, are speculative. It reasonable to assume that Collins, Harris, and Young (Cole's own musicians) played on this and the other New York session from the fall of 1958. This applies to the other two sessions for this album as well (November 4 & 10).

Crediting the trumpet obbligatos to Harry Edison, however, is contentious. Edison was recording for Verve in New York as late as September if not later, so his participation cannot be ruled out entirely. Thus, he will be reported here until documentation proves otherwise.


Date: November 4, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5897

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), others unknown (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 22398 The Best Thing For You(Irving Berlin) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:59
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
b. 22399 Dedicated To You(Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:51
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)
c. 22400 (I Would Do) Anything For You(Bert Williams, Alexander Hill) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:46
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)
d. 22401 splice/mono This Is Always(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:58
Capitol LP 12"W 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
e. 22401 This Is Always(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:58
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)

Splice

The mono and stereo master takes of "This Is Always" differ very slightly, similar to what occurred with tracks from Just One Of Those Things. The difference here is that the mono and stereo editions of Tell Me All About Yourself were prepared and issued simultaneously instead of two years apart as with the earlier album. Here, Cole's vocal in the coda is slightly different. More than likely, the mono master features an intercut from another take; otherwise the two performances sound identical.


Date: November 5, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5898

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

a. 22402-8 I Had The Craziest Dream(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:33
b. 22403-10 I Wish I Knew(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:16
c. 22404-6 Be Still My Heart(Allan Flynn, Jack Egan) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:31
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Songs

Two of these titles ("Be Still My Heart" and "I Had The Craziest Dream") were assembled onto a reel of unissued songs in 1960, to be included in the planned but never issued Sweethearts On Parade album. All songs from this date were first issued in 1966 with overdubbed drums and guitars produced by Dave Cavanaugh.

Timings

The assembled reel of the unissued album reports a running time of 2:57 for "Be Still My Heart". This may be a typo, or it may indicate an edit on the released version.


Date: November 7, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5901

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

a. 22405-3alt As Far As I'm Concerned(Earl Shuman, Alden Shuman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:02
unissued
b. 22405-6alt As Far As I'm Concerned(Earl Shuman, Alden Shuman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:14
unissued
c. 22405-10alt As Far As I'm Concerned(Earl Shuman, Alden Shuman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:02
unissued
d. 22405-12alt As Far As I'm Concerned(Earl Shuman, Alden Shuman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:58
unissued
e. 22405-14 As Far As I'm Concerned(Earl Shuman, Alden Shuman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:57
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
f. 22411-5 Lorelei(Jack Delgado) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:38
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
g. 22412-15 This Holy Love(Larry Shay, Haven Gillespie) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:02
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)
h. 22413-1 Peace of Mind(Grace Kahn) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:54
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 868 — Every Time I Feel The Spirit   (2007)
i. 22418-4 You Made Me Love You(James Monaco, Joseph McCarthy) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:53
Capitol EPSEP 1-1231 — You Made Me Love You   (1959)
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)
j. 22418alt You Made Me Love You(James Monaco, Joseph McCarthy) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued

Unissued Alternate

The alternate take of "You Made Me Love You" was the performance used for the overdubbed version. It has not been issued in its original form without updated accompaniment.


Date: November 10, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5903

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 22399rejected Dedicated To You(Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh
unissued
b. 22419 Tell Me All About Yourself(Hub Atwood, Mel Leven) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:06
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
c. 22420 When You Walked By(Joe Bushkin, Johnny Burke) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:48
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)
d. 22421 You've Got The Indian Sign On Me(Joe Bushkin, Johnny Burke) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:49
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)
Capitol/Universal CD3778807 — The Extraordinary Nat King Cole [Deluxe Edition]   (2014)
e. 22422 My Life(Nat Cole, Roger Simon) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:11
Capitol LP 12"SW 1331 — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1109 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 823 — Welcome To The Club / Tell Me All About Yourself   (2007)

Remakes

Capitol files indicate that another attempt of "Dedicated To You" was made without a new master number. Despite returning to it, all indications are that the original attempt was issued on the album, while this latter attempt remains unreleased.


Date: November 11, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5904

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

a. 22423 If You Said No(Sammy Cahn, Paul Weston) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:53
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46650 2 — Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love (And More)   (1987)
b. 22424-3alt That's You(Chester Conn, Sammy Gallop, Nelson Riddle) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:37
unissued
c. 22424-6 That's You(Chester Conn, Sammy Gallop, Nelson Riddle) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:37
Capitol 454369 — That's You / Is It Better To Have Loved And Lost   (1960)
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)
d. 22425-5 Something Happens To Me(Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:37
Capitol EPEAP 1-1211 — Nat King Cole Sings Night Of The Quarter Moon   (1959)
Capitol CD72435 30302 2 3 — The King Swings   (2001)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
e. 22426-6 Sweethearts On Parade(Carmen Lombardo, Charles Newman) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:20
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
f. 22427-5 When You Belong To Me(Dorcas Cochran, Mahlon Merrick) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:25
United Nations LP 12"UNS-1 — All-Star Festival   (1963)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)

Date: November 12, 1958
Location: Capitol Studios, 151 W. 46th Street, New York
Label: Capitol
Session #5907

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

a. 22431-17 Unfair(Cliff Lee, Ivan Mogull [as Phil Belmonte]) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:53
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1190 — To Whom It May Concern   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1108 (UK) — To Whom It May Concern   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 31773 2 5 — To Whom It May Concern   (1995)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 872 — To Whom It May Concern   (2007)
b. 22432-2 You're My Thrill(Sidney Clare, Jay Gorney) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:14
Capitol CD72435 30302 2 3 — The King Swings   (2001)
c. 22433-3 Laughable(Kenny Jacobsen, Rhoda Roberts) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:30
d. 22434-5 For The Want Of A Kiss(Redd Evans, Sol Winkler) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:09
e. 22435-12mono Again(Lionel Newman, Dorcas Cochran) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:22
Capitol EPEAP 1-1211 — Nat King Cole Sings Night Of The Quarter Moon   (1959)
f. 22435-?alt Again(Lionel Newman, Dorcas Cochran) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:22
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
g. 22436-5 I Must Be Dreaming(Dick Wolf, Noel Sherman) / arr: Sid Feller - 1:47
Capitol EPSEP 1-1231 — You Made Me Love You   (1959)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
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)

unknown (bkv) on c-d, g; Dave Cavanaugh (con) on e-g; Nelson Riddle (con) on a-d.

Mono/Stereo

The stereo take of "Again" was used for a posthumous overdub of the song, instead of the mono master first issued in 1959. The CD reissue of the Looking Back album does not feature the overdubbed version.


Date: February 4, 1959 [18:00-19:05]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7572

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Bill Miller (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Arno, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Benny Gill, Dan Lube, Eudice Shapiro, Marshall Sosson, Jerry Vinci (vn), Stan Harris, Paul Robyn (vl), Elizabeth Greenschpoon, Ray Kramer, Ed Lustgarten (clo), Kathryn Julye (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 31098-9 The Night Of The Quarter Moon(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:41
Capitol EPEAP 1-1211 — Nat King Cole Sings Night Of The Quarter Moon   (1959)
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)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Date: April 13-16, 1959
Location: Odeon Studios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Label: Capitol
Session #7700

Lee Gillette (pro), Val Valentin (eng), Nat Cole, Sylvia Telles (v), Trio Irakitan (bkv, acc), Irv Bush (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 31500-11 Perfidia(Alberto Dominguez) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:17
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46482 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.2   (1987)
b. 31501 Nadie Me Ama(Fernando Lobo, Antonio Maria, Manuel Salina) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:31
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
c. 31501 Ninguém Me Ama(Fernando Lobo, Antonio Maria, Giancarlo Testoni) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:33
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
d. 31502 Aquellos Ojos Verdes(Nilo Menendez, Adolfo Utrera) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:10
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
e. 31503 Fantastico(Noel Sherman, Jack Keller) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:54
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
f. 31504 El Choclo(Ángel Villoldo, Enrique Santos Discépolo, Juan Carlos Marambio Catán, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Dave Cavanaugh [as Bill Schluger]) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:10
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46482 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.2   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
g. 31505 Suas Mãos(Antonio Maria, João Pernambuco) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:19
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
h. 31506 Capullito De Aleli(Rafael Hernandez) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:26
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46469 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.1   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
i. 31507 Não Tenho Lágrimas(Max Bulhoes, Milton de Oliveira) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:16
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46482 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.2   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
j. 31508 Caboclo Do Rio(Babi De Oliveira) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:51
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
k. 31509 Ay, Cosita Linda(Pacho Galán) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:14
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"(S)WCL 1613 — The Nat King Cole Story   (1961)
l. 31510 Ansiedad(Jose Enrique Sarabia, Roberto 'Tito' Mendoza) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 3:26
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46482 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.2   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
m. 31511 Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros(Olimpia Silva, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Dave Cavanaugh [as Bill Schluger]) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:20
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1220 — A Mis Amigos   (1959)
Capitol LP 12"W2-1220 (BR) — A Meus Amigos   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46482 2 — Cole Español And More, Vol.2   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 873 — A Mis Amigos   (2007)
n. 31512-6overdub Brazilian Love Song(Breno Ferreira, Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Nat Cole) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:11
unissued
o. 31512-16 Brazilian Love Song(Breno Ferreira, Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Nat Cole) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:58
EMI LP 12"EMTV 35 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1982)
EMI CDCDP 7 48614 2 (UK) — 20 Greatest Love Songs   (1987)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)

Sylvia Telles (v) on b-c, j; Trio Irakitan (bkv) on j-k, m-o, (acc) on j-k, m-o; Irv Bush (t) on a-e, g-k.

Personnel

The Trio Irakitan consisted of Edson Reis de França, Paulo Gilvan Duarte Bezerril and João Manoel de Araújo Costa Netto. While not listed on the back cover of the original LP, it's possible Irakitan also played on "Ansiedad".

Although tentative, it's assumed that Cole's own musicians (Collins, Harris, Young, Bush) played on at least some of the titles.

Overdubs

Unlike the original Cole Español album, in which it is acknowledged that Cole overdubbed his vocals, it is generally accepted that Cole recorded his vocals for A Mis Amigos in Rio.

However, Brazilian columnist Nestor de Holanda, writing in the May 3, 1959 issue of Diário Carioca, suggests otherwise: 'In fact, Nat King Cole was there, accompanied by the sound technician who accompanied him on his tour of our country. However, we can inform you with absolute certainty that the recordings were not made. The American technician advised against making the scheduled recordings, as he considered obsolete and technically imperfect the new Odeon studios in this capital, which could harm, in our country, the prestige of the interpreter of "Mona Lisa". Thus, Odeon restricted itself to recording only the instrumental part of the numbers. The recording of the vocal part will be done, in playback, in Capitol studios, in Hollywood.' [Information courtesy of Carlus Maximus.]

This has not been confirmed, but the existence of the backing track/vocal overdub acetates of "Brazilian Love Song" at least proves that not everything was done live. But whether Cole recorded his vocals in Rio or Los Angeles cannot be confirmed.

There are at least two extant acetates of "Brazilian Love Song", originally part of the Cole Estate, which emerged on eBay in recent years. One is a backing track featuring the music and chorus singers, while the other has Cole's voice overdubbed on top of this backing track. A visual of the acetates reveals that take 7 is listed as B.G., presumably representing 'background'. This conflicts with info provided by the eBay seller, who claimed take 6 was the background and take 7 is the overdubbed Cole vocal, which makes more sense. For now, though, take 6 is reported here until confirmed otherwise.

Dates

It's not known which songs belong to what date. However, the session breakdown for the four dates was apparently 3 hours / 6 hours / 4 hours / 4.5 hours.


Date: July 2, 1959 [14:00-17:30]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7828

Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Milt Raskin, Jimmie Rowles (p), John Collins, Al Hendrickson, Jack Marshall (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Milt Holland (per), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 32000-7 Midnight Flyer(Mayme Watts, Robert Mosely) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:16
Capitol 45F4248 — Midnight Flyer / Sweet Bird Of Youth   (1959)
Capitol EPEAP 1-1317 — Midnight Flyer   (1959)
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)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. 32001-5 Sweet Bird Of Youth(Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:10
Capitol 45F4248 — Midnight Flyer / Sweet Bird Of Youth   (1959)
Capitol EPEAP 1-1317 — Midnight Flyer   (1959)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16342 KL — Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Nat King Cole 1955-1959   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 32002-5 Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas To You)(Bob Saffer, Frank Linale) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:34
Capitol 45(S)4301 — Buon Natale / The Happiest Christmas Tree   (1959)
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)
d. 32003-4 The Happiest Christmas Tree(Cathy Lynn) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:54
Capitol 45(S)4301 — Buon Natale / The Happiest Christmas Tree   (1959)
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)

Date: September 2, 1959 [14:00-17:30]
Location: Studio B, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #7918

Nat Cole (v, p), John Collins, Jack Marshall (g), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Irv Cottler (tam), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 32318-4 The World In My Arms(Noel Sherman, Jack Keller) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:02
Capitol 454481 — If I Knew / World In My Arms   (1960)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
b. 32319-5 Time And The River(Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:17
Capitol 454325 — Time And The River / Whatcha' Gonna Do   (1959)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 32320-5 Whatcha' Gonna Do(Nat Cole) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:45
Capitol 454325 — Time And The River / Whatcha' Gonna Do   (1959)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
Capitol Jazz CD7243 5 38694 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (2002)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 32321-4 In A Mellow Tone(Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 1:55
Capitol LP 12"PRO 4303-4304 — Nat King Cole Cancer Foundation   (1967)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
Capitol Jazz CD7243 5 38694 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (2002)
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 (v) on a-b, (p) on c-d.

Take Numbers

There are some discrepancies between the Ruppli and Bear Family discographies for the following tunes:

World In My Arms - take 4 (Ruppli), take 8 (Bear Family);
Time And The River - take 5 (Ruppli), take 6 (Bear Family).


Date: January 14, 1960 [02:30-05:00]
Location: Copa Room, The Sands Hotel, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas
Label: Capitol
Session #9195/12609

Lee Gillette (pro), Hugh Davies, Bill Robinson (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), Jimmy Clark (as), Earl Blue, Irv Bush, Buddy Childers (t), Milt Bernhart, Freddy Lewis (tb), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (dir), Antonio Morelli (con)

a. rhl Ballerina(Carl Sigman, Bob Russell) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 2:09
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
b. rhl Thou Swell(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 2:00
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
c. rhl My Kinda Love(Louis Alter, Jo Trent) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:22
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
d. rhl It's Not What You Say(Clint Ballard, Jr., Hank Hunter) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:53
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
e. rhl Joe Turner's Blues(W. C. Handy, Walter Hirsch) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 5:03
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
f. 55347alt Ballerina(Carl Sigman, Bob Russell) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 2:05
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
g. 55347 Ballerina(Carl Sigman, Bob Russell) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 2:05
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
Capitol Jazz CD7243 5 38694 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (2002)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
h. 55348-1alt Funny (Not Much)(Marcia Neil, Philip F. Broughton, Bob Merrill, Hughie Prince) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:47
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
i. 55348-2 Funny (Not Much)(Marcia Neil, Philip F. Broughton, Bob Merrill, Hughie Prince) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 4:37
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
j. 55349 The Continental(Herb Magidson, Con Conrad) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:30
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
k. 55350 I Wish You Love(Charles Trenet, Albert Beach) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:02
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
l. 55351 You Leave Me Breathless(Frederick Hollaender, Ralph Freed) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 2:34
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
Capitol LP 12"QBO 9038 — The Velvet Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
m. 55352 Thou Swell(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 2:03
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
n. 55353 My Kinda Love(Louis Alter, Jo Trent) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:09
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"(D)QBO 91278 — The Swingin' Moods Of Nat King Cole   (1967)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
o. 55354 The Surrey With The Fringe On The Top(Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 2:46
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"(D) W 91452 — The Broadway Moods of Nat King Cole   (1969)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
p. held It's Not What You Say(Clint Ballard, Jr., Hank Hunter) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:17
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)
q. 55355 Where Or When(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 3:10
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
r. 55356splice Miss Otis Regrets(Cole Porter) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 4:41
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
s. 55356alt Miss Otis Regrets(Cole Porter) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 4:33
Capitol CD72435 95705 2 5 — Ultra-Lounge: Cocktails With Cole Porter   (2004)
t. 55357 Joe Turner's Blues(W. C. Handy, Walter Hirsch) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 5:10
Capitol LP 12"(S)MAS 2434 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1966)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1110 (UK) — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1986)
Capitol CDCDP 7 93786 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (1991)
u. 103485 Mr. Cole Won't Rock & Roll(Noel Sherman, Joe Sherman) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo - 9:57
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Capitol CD72435-27316-2-6 — Rockin' Boppin' & Blues   (2000)
Capitol Jazz CD7243 5 38694 2 — Nat King Cole At The Sands   (2002)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Very Special Records (UK) CDVSR 001 (EU) — Live At The Sands: The Complete Lost Concert   (2013)

Nat Cole (v) on a-p, r-u, (p) on q.

Alternates

The alternate of "Miss Otis Regrets" is the same as the master except for the introduction and ending; as such, the album master is likely pieced from this and at least one other take.

To the point above, the emcee introduction on the Complete Lost Concert disc, delivered by Bob Bailey, is also different than the album master. Clearly, multiple takes for several songs were attempted, which would explain the 2.5 hour set time.

Rehearsals

It's unclear when the rehearsal performances were captured, but it was probably after Cole's last show of the evening. The final show started around 11:15 pm, and ended prior to the 'recording session' which began at 2:30 am.

Personnel

Some names were provided in a 2005 interview with Irv Bush, who toured and recorded with Cole from 1958-60. Of those, Earl Blue and Jimmy Clark are uncertain, since they are not named by any other source.


Date: March 1, 1960 [14:00-19:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9293

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Mannie Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v, spk), unknown (bkv), Benny Carter, Harry Klee (ww, as), Plas Johnson, Buck Skalak (ww, ts), Joe Koch (ww, bar), Irv Bush, Pete Candoli, Cappy Lewis, Shorty Sherock (t), Tommy Pederson, Tommy Shepard (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), Russ Brown (btb), Red Callender (tu), Lou Levy (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Emil Richards (per), Victor Arno, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Jacques Gasselin, Dan Lube, Nat Ross, Mischa Russell, Marshall Sosson (vn), Paul Robyn, Barbara Simons (vl), Ossip Giskin, Ray Kramer, Joseph Saxon (clo)

a. 33335-1fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
b. 33335-2fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
c. 33335-3alt Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:03
unissued
d. 33335-4fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
e. 33335-5alt Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:05
unissued
f. 33335-6fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
g. 33335-7lfs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:15
unissued
h. 33335-8lfs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 1:20
unissued
i. 33335-9fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
j. 33335-10fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
k. 33335-11alt Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:02
unissued
l. 33335-12fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
m. 33335-13fs Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
n. 33335-14 Wild Is Love(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:02
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(S)WCL 1613 — The Nat King Cole Story   (1961)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1928 — The Nat King Cole Story, Volume 3   (1963)
o. 33336-1fs Hundreds And Thousands Of Girls(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle
unissued
p. 33336-2 Hundreds And Thousands Of Girls(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:36
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
q. 33337 Tell Her In The Morning(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:00
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)
r. 33338 Pick-Up(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:36
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)
s. 33339 Stay With It(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:18
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)
t. 33348 Beggar For The Blues(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:25
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)
u. 33354 Wild Is Love Finale(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 0:44
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)

unknown (bkv) on o-p, u; Nat Cole (spk) on a-t.

Songs

The tape box for "Wild Is Love" reveals that an edit was inserted into bar 69 (the coda) of take 14, though it's uncertain from which take this edit comes, possibly a 15th take. The complete, unedited take 14 was released on the Analogue Productions edition of The Nat King Cole Story, the first such release to use the full take 14. All previous issues present the take with the bar 69 insert.


Date: March 2, 1960 [14:00-18:30]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9296

Lee Gillette (pro), John Kraus (eng), Mannie Klein (mgr), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Paul Horn, Harry Klee, Ronnie Lang, Champ Webb (ww), Willard Culley, John Graas, Arthur Maebe, James McGee (frh), Lou Levy (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Arno, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Jacques Gasselin, Jimmy Getzoff, Benny Gill, Carl Lamagna, Dan Lube, Nat Ross, Jerry Vinci (vn), Cecil Figelski, Paul Robyn, Barbara Simons (vl), Victor Gottlieb, David Pratt, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Veryle Mills (hrp), Nelson Riddle (con)

a. 33349 It's A Beautiful Evening(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:15
b. 33356 In Love Again(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:48
c. 33357 Wouldn't You Know(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:30
d. 33358 Are You Disenchanted?(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:26
e. 33376 He Who Hesitates(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 3:17
f. 33355 World Of No Return(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Nelson Riddle - 2:50
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)

unknown (bkv) on a-b, f; Lou Levy (cel) on a, d.

Narration Backgrounds

There are differences heard in the background ambiance during the narration section of "It's A Beautiful Evening" on LP vs. CD reissues. Same is true of "Beggar For The Blues" from the previous session.


Date: March 9, 1960 [13:00-17:30]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9335

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Sue Allen, Peggy Clark, Allan Davies, Bill Lee, John Russell Mann, Bernie Parke, Sally Sweetland (bkv), Lennie Niehaus (as), Plas Johnson, Jay Migliori, Ronnie Rubin (ts), Marvin Holladay, Jack Nimitz (bar), Bud Brisbois, Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Frank Huggins, Jack Sheldon (t), Jim Amlotte, Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larson, Tommy Shepard (tb), Bobby Knight (btb), Stan Kenton (p, dir), Milt Raskin (p), John Collins, Jack Marshall, Bill Pitman (g), Don Bagley, Charlie Harris (b), Mel Lewis, Lee Young (d), Mike Pacheco (per), Victor Arno, Robert Barene, George Berres, Harry Bluestone, Benny Gill, Murray Kellner, Marvin Limonick, Ricky Marino, Jerry Vinci (vn), Cecil Figelski, Al Harshman (vl), Justin DiTullio, Emmet Sargeant (clo), Stan Kenton Orchestra (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (con)

a. 33412-7 Steady(Al Hoffman, Dick Manning) / arr: Stan Kenton - 2:17
Capitol 454393 — My Love / Steady   (1960)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 7 96259 2 — Big Band Cole   (1991)
b. 33413-7 My Love(Ollie Jones) / arr: Stan Kenton - 2:40
Capitol 454393 — My Love / Steady   (1960)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 7 96259 2 — Big Band Cole   (1991)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 33414-15 Magic Night(Paul Vance, Jack Segal) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:10
d. 33415-10 Is It Better To Have Loved And Lost(Ben Weisman, Johnny Lange, Edna Lewis) / arr: Dave Cavanaugh - 2:29
Capitol 454369 — That's You / Is It Better To Have Loved And Lost   (1960)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 828 — Songs From St. Louis Blues / Looking Back   (2007)
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)

Sue Allen (bkv) on b-d; Peggy Clark (bkv) on b-d; Allan Davies (bkv) on b-d; Bill Lee (bkv) on b-d; John Russell Mann (bkv) on b-d; Bernie Parke (bkv) on b-d; Sally Sweetland (bkv) on b-d; Lennie Niehaus (as) on a-b; Plas Johnson (ts) on b; Jay Migliori (ts) on a-b; Ronnie Rubin (ts) on a-b; Marvin Holladay (bar) on a-b; Jack Nimitz (bar) on a-b; Bud Brisbois (t) on a-b; Conte Candoli (t) on a-b; Pete Candoli (t) on a-b; Frank Huggins (t) on a-b; Jack Sheldon (t) on a-b; Jim Amlotte (tb) on a-b; Bob Fitzpatrick (tb) on a-b; Kent Larson (tb) on a-b; Tommy Shepard (tb) on a-b; Bobby Knight (btb) on a-b; Stan Kenton (p) on a-b, (dir) on a-b; Milt Raskin (p) on c-d; John Collins (g) on b-d; Jack Marshall (g) on b-d; Bill Pitman (g) on b-d; Don Bagley (b) on a; Charlie Harris (b) on b-d; Mel Lewis (d) on a; Lee Young (d) on b-d; Mike Pacheco (per) on a-b; Victor Arno (vn) on c-d; Robert Barene (vn) on c-d; George Berres (vn) on c-d; Harry Bluestone (vn) on c-d; Benny Gill (vn) on c-d; Murray Kellner (vn) on c-d; Marvin Limonick (vn) on c-d; Ricky Marino (vn) on c-d; Jerry Vinci (vn) on c-d; Cecil Figelski (vl) on c-d; Al Harshman (vl) on c-d; Justin DiTullio (clo) on c-d; Emmet Sargeant (clo) on c-d; Stan Kenton Orchestra (acc) on a-b; Dave Cavanaugh (con) on c-d.

Personnel

A definitive arranger cannot be identified for the Kenton titles. Some sources believe it is Kenton himself. Cole's manuscript archive lists an arrangement of "Steady", but the finding aid credits no arranger. Two scores of "My Love" are listed, with Cavanaugh credited on one and Kenton the other. Cole is known to have performed "My Love" live in 1960, so the Cavanaugh arrangement is likely for that purpose.


Date: March 11, 1960 [21:00-02:00]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9345

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v, spk), unknown (bkv, hrp), Pete Carpenter, Dick Nash, Tommy Pederson (tb), George Roberts (btb), Jimmie Rowles (p, cel), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), John Cyr (per), Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Harold Dicterow, Dave Frisina, Jimmy Getzoff, Dan Lube, Ricky Marino, Alex Murray, Lou Raderman, Ralph Schaeffer, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Al Harshman, Ray Menhennick, Gary Nuttycombe (vl), Victor Gottlieb, Ed Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Emmet Sargeant (clo), Bob Stone (arco), Ralph Carmichael (con)

a. 33431-11 Someone To Tell It To(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn, Dolores Fuller) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:43
b. 33432-5 Introduction(Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 0:46
Capitol LP 12"(S)WAK 1392 — Wild Is Love   (1960)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 28511 2 7 — Wild Is Love   (1995)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 879 — Wild Is Love   (2007)
c. 33433-4 Baby Blue(Fred Salem, Don Carone) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:09
d. 33434-11 When It's Summer(Nat Cole, Johnny Burke) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:34
Capitol 454519 — Illusion / When It's Summer   (1961)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 878 — Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer   (2007)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. 33451-9 You Are Mine(Doug Goodwin) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:01
All titles on:
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)

unknown (bkv) on b; Pete Carpenter (tb) on b; Dick Nash (tb) on b; Tommy Pederson (tb) on b; George Roberts (btb) on b; Jimmie Rowles (cel) on d; Lee Young (d) on a-c, e; John Cyr (per) on b; Nat Cole (spk) on b.

Timings

An acetate of "You Are Mine" bears a running time of 3:09, eight seconds longer than the issued take. It has not been determined if there any differences between the two copies of the performance. The timing is possibly an error, since both are believed to be take 9.

Wild Is Love

It's possible Cole recorded the remaining spoken intros for "Wild Is Love" at this session, but they are not documented.

Personnel

This session marks the beginning of Nat Cole's collaboration with Ralph Carmichael.


Date: July 5, 1960 [13:00-16:30]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9529

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Ralph Carmichael (con)

a. 34118 Away In A Manger(William J. Kirkpatrick, James Ramsey Murray, Charles H. Gabriel, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:58
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)
b. 34119 I Saw Three Ships(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:24
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)
c. 34120 Silent Night(Joseph Mohr, Franz Xaver Gruber, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:07
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)
d. 34121 The First Noel(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:55
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1444 — The Magic Of Christmas   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Capitol CD72435 21251 2 8 — The Christmas Song   (1999)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)

Date: July 6, 1960 [14:00-18:00]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9532

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Jules Jacob, Harry Klee, Arthur Smith (ww), Ray Linn, Joe Triscari, George Werth (t), James Henderson, Lloyd Hildebrand, Tommy Shepard, Lloyd Ulyate (tb), Milt Raskin (p), John Collins (g), Lloyd Lunham (b), Lee Young (d), Dale Anderson, Ralph Hansell (per), Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Emil Briano, Jimmy Getzoff, Nathan Kaproff, Joseph Livoti, Emanuel Moss, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Isadore Roman, Ralph Schaeffer, Joe Stepansky, Jerry Vinci (vn), Al Harshman, Lou Kievman, Ray Menhennick, Milton Thomas (vl), Armand Kaproff, Ed Lustgarten, Emmet Sargeant, Joseph Saxon (clo), Bob Stone (arco), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Ralph Carmichael (con)

a. 34133 Joy To The World(Traditional, Isaac Watts, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:22
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1444 — The Magic Of Christmas   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
b. 34134 Deck The Hall(Traditional, Thomas Oliphant, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:05
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1444 — The Magic Of Christmas   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
c. 34135 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing(John Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:47
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1444 — The Magic Of Christmas   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
d. 34136-5 O Come All Ye Faithful(Frederick Oakeley, John Wade) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:16
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
e. 34141 Adeste Fidelis(Traditional, John Wade, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:25
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1444 — The Magic Of Christmas   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
f. 34142 O Tannenbaum(Traditional, Ernst Anschütz, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:59
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1444 — The Magic Of Christmas   (1960)
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
All titles on:
Capitol CD72435 21251 2 8 — The Christmas Song   (1999)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)

unknown (bkv) on a-e.


Date: July 7, 1960 [14:00-17:30]
Location: Studio A, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9534

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), unknown (bkv), Milt Raskin (p), John Collins (g), Lloyd Lunham (b), Lee Young (d), Dale Anderson, John Cyr (per), Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Emil Briano, Harold Dicterow, Dave Frisina, Jimmy Getzoff, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Ralph Schaeffer, Joe Stepansky, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Al Harshman, Lou Kievman, Gary Nuttycombe (vl), Dave Filerman, Emmet Sargeant, Joseph Saxon (clo), Bob Stone (arco), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Ralph Carmichael (con)

a. 34145 A Cradle In Bethlehem(Larry Stock, Alfred Bryan) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:21
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Capitol CD72435 27317 2 5 — Christmas For Kids   (2000)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
b. 34146-6 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen(Traditional, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:24
Capitol CDCDP 7 94685 2 — Cole, Christmas, & Kids   (1990)
c. 34147 Caroling, Caroling(Alfred Burt, Wihla Hutson) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 1:59
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
d. 34148 O Holy Night(Adolphe Adem, John Sullivan Dwight, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:54
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
e. 34149 O Little Town Of Bethlehem(Lewis H. Redner, Phillips Brooks, Adapted by Nat Cole, Adapted by Lee Gillette [as Edith Bergdahl]) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:16
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1967 — The Christmas Song   (1963)
Capitol CDCDP 7 46318 2 — The Christmas Song   (1986)
Audio Fidelity SACDAFZ 225 — The Christmas Song   (2015)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1444 — The Magic Of Christmas   (1960)
Capitol CD72435 21251 2 8 — The Christmas Song   (1999)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)

unknown (bkv) on a-d.


Date: September 27, 1960 [20:30-21:50]
Location: Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9866

Lee Gillette (pro), Nat Cole (v), Caesar Giovannini (p), John Collins (g), Mike Rubin (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Harold Dicterow, Dave Frisina, Jimmy Getzoff, Benny Gill, Anatol Kaminsky, Louis Kaufman, Erno Neufeld, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, Jerry Vinci (vn), Norman Botnick, Alvin Dinkin, Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn (vl), Ray Kramer, Ed Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Ann Mason Stockton (hrp), Ralph Carmichael (con)

a. 34568-7mono If I Knew(Meredith Willson) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:47
Capitol 454481 — If I Knew / World In My Arms   (1960)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)

No Stereo Mix

This performance has never been issued in stereo. Although The Beautiful Ballads LP was released in stereo, only the overdubbed portion of the song is stereophonic; the original elements from this master are heard in mono on that album.


Date: December 22, 1960 [13:00-17:30]
Location: Studio B, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9849

Lee Gillette (pro), Hy Lesnick (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Harry Klee, Ted Nash, Arthur Smith (f), Bobby Hammack (p, cel), John Collins (g), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, Emil Briano, Harold Dicterow, Dave Frisina, Jimmy Getzoff, Henry Hill, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Ricky Marino, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul Shure, Albert Steinberg, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Al Harshman, Lou Kievman, Ray Menhennick, Gary Nuttycombe, Milton Thomas (vl), Justin DiTullio, Victor Gottlieb, Armand Kaproff, Kurt Reher, Emmet Sargeant, Eleanor Slatkin (clo), Bob Stone (arco), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Ralph Carmichael (con)

a. 35128-6 I Remember You(Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:10
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1574 — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1961)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
b. 35129-7 Sunday, Monday Or Always(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:18
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1574 — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1961)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1111 (UK) — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1986)
c. 35130-1 A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square(Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 4:33
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1574 — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1961)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
d. 35131-4 My Need For You(Al Frisch, Allan Roberts) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:21
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1574 — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1961)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1111 (UK) — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 821 — The Touch Of Your Lips / I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore   (2007)
e. 35143-2 The Touch Of Your Lips(Ray Noble) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:22
unissued
f. 35144-5 Poinciana(Buddy Bernier, Nat Simon) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:55
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1574 — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1961)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1111 (UK) — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1986)

Bobby Hammack (cel) on a.


Date: December 23, 1960 [18:30-23:30]
Location: Studio B, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #9855

Lee Gillette (pro), Hy Lesnick (mgr), Nat Cole (v), Justin Gordon, Willie Schwartz, Arthur Smith (f), Bobby Hammack (p, cel), John Collins (g), Joe Comfort (b), Lee Young (d), Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, Emil Briano, Jimmy Getzoff, Henry Hill, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Ricky Marino, William Miller, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Isadore Roman, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul Shure, Albert Steinberg, Jerry Vinci (vn), Alvin Dinkin, Stan Harris, Al Harshman, Ray Menhennick, Gary Nuttycombe, Milton Thomas (vl), Justin DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Emmet Sargeant, Joseph Saxon, William Vandenburg (clo), Mike Rubin (arco), Kathryn Thompson (hrp), Ralph Carmichael (con)

a. 35135-4 The Touch Of Your Lips(Ray Noble) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:52
Capitol CS/CD BoxC2 0777 7 99777 2 7 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
Capitol CD72435-25008-2-6 — Songs From The Heart   (2000)
b. 35136-4 You're Mine, You(Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:20
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
c. 35137-1 Illusion(Barry Iver, Lillian Moss, Sol Parker) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:53
Capitol 454519 — Illusion / When It's Summer   (1961)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 35138-8 Funny (Not Much)(Marcia Neil, Philip F. Broughton, Bob Merrill, Hughie Prince) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:01
Capitol LP 12"(D)T 2348 — Nature Boy   (1965)
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 29393 2 0 — Great Gentlemen Of Song: Spotlight On...Nat King Cole   (1995)
Capitol CD72435 25009 2 5 — Try Not To Cry   (2000)
e. 35139-6 Not So Long Ago(Bickley 'Bix' Reichner, Clay A. Boland) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 4:06
f. 35140-3 Only Forever(James Monaco, Johnny Burke) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 3:15
EMI CD BoxCDP 793207 2 (UK) — Nat King Cole: The Great Films And Shows   (1989)
g. 35141-5 Lights Out(Billy Hill) / arr: Ralph Carmichael - 2:23
Capitol LP Box(D) NFR 7620 — Forever Yours   (1968)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 29393 2 0 — Great Gentlemen Of Song: Spotlight On...Nat King Cole   (1995)
All titles on:
Capitol LP 12"(S)W 1574 — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1961)
Capitol LP 12"(S)TCL 2873 — The Nat King Cole Deluxe Set   (1968)
Capitol LP 12"EMS 1111 (UK) — The Touch Of Your Lips   (1986)
EMI CD7243 8 55390 2 2 (UK) — Tell Me All About Yourself / The Touch Of Your Lips   (1997)
Bear Family CD BoxBCD 16717 KL — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Nat King Cole 1960-1964   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM 821 — The Touch Of Your Lips / I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore   (2007)

Justin Gordon (f) on a-f; Willie Schwartz (f) on a-f; Arthur Smith (f) on a-f; Bobby Hammack (cel) on g.


Sessions Reported: 42

Performances Reported: 260

Unique Songs Reported: 201

Unique Issues Reported: 117