1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
To the Ends of the Earth recorded by Nat King Cole with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra
Written by Joe Sherman and Noel Sherman Introduced October 27, 1956, on Capitol Records #3551
A rich, throaty voice and precise enunciation scored Nat King Cole more than one hundred successful pop single hit recordings over a twenty-year period, making him one of the top singers in recording history. His velvet sound was at its hickory-smoked best ‘pursuing his love’ in the beguiling To the Ends of the Earth (just to be where you are), a haunting, thousand-goodbyes-won’t-convince-me-you-are-gone, beguine. Nelson Riddle’s classic arrangement includes subtle stabs, castinets, and a background male chorus. Unlike his #1 hits (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons, Nature Boy, Mona Lisa, and Too Young, his recording of To the Ends of the Earth, the ‘B’ side of Night Lights, did not make it into the top-twenty, but even though the melody dies, the song lingers on. Nat King Cole was a massively successful pop singer whose music was
always easy on the ear. Unlike his contemporaries Frank Sinatra and
Perry Como, he had not been a band singer in the swing era, but a
celebrated jazz pianist. With his warmth, intimacy, and humor, Nat King Cole succeeded with dozens of ballads and novelties throughout the fifties. Nat King Cole last performed in 1964 and died of lung cancer in 1965.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Though the melody dies, the song lingers on and a thousand goodbyes won’t convince me you’re gone"