1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Nat King Cole (born March 17, 1917)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Mona Lisa 1950
Nat King Cole also had hits with Too Young in 1951, Pretend in 1953, Answer Me, My Love in 1954, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup in 1955, A Blossom Fell in 1956, and Ballerina in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1943-1966 Record Label: Capitol
One of the most popular singers of his generation, Nathaniel Adams Coles, son of a Baptist church pastor, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919, raised in Chicago, and christened Nat ‘King’ Cole by a Los Angeles club owner in 1937. Beginning his career as a jazz pianist, he formed an innovative, drummerless trio, the hugely popular King Cole Trio in 1939 with guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince. Nat King Cole conquered the pop charts in the fifties as a mild-mannered, warm-voiced singer of orchestrated 1950s ballads like Mona Lisa and Unforgettable and breezy, countrified 1960s sing-alongs like Ramblin’ Rose and Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer. His rich, husky, careful enunciation was backed by various orchestras including Nelson Riddle’s and Billy May’s. The 1957 hit Send For Me with its guitars, sax, and gritty vocal was as close as he got to rock and roll. He appeared in films ‘Saint Louis Blues’ and ‘Cat Ballou’ as well as hosting his own TV series. Daughter Natalie Cole is also a recording star. Nat King Cole died of lung cancer in 1965.