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Sing it

Nat King Cole. Eartha Kitt. Mahalia Jackson. Pearl Bailey. Cab Calloway. Ella Fitzgerald. Billy Preston. All assembled for a single musical: the 1958 W.C. Handy biopic St. Louis Blues. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Feb 26, 2014 - 6 comments

Via Route 66, comes My Sweet Embraceable Moonlit in Vermont Lorraine by the King Cole Trio & Others

Nat King Cole Trio - Sweet Lorraine
Nat King Cole Trio - Route 66
Nat King Cole Trio - Embraceable You
Nat King Cole Trio - Moonlight in Vermont
Nat King Cole with Coleman Hawkins & the Oscar Peterson Trio - Sweet Lorraine
posted by y2karl on Jul 3, 2012 - 15 comments

What's My Line? A Who's Who of US Entertainers from Past Decades

What's My Line? was a weekly televised game show that first ran in the US from 1950 to 1967, and featured a celebrity panel whose task it was to discern the profession or identity of the person who sat before them. The panel first guessed at the profession of two "regular folks," with a third "famous mystery guest," when the the panel were blindfolded and the guests often tried to disguise their voices. Let's start with a Halloween episode, split in 3 parts on YouTube, ending with the mystery guest (Andy Griffith). The lengthy list of Mystery Guests include the Harlem Globetrotters, Walt Disney, a young Ronald Reagan and Salvador Dalí (previously). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 7, 2010 - 34 comments

There was a boy / A very strange enchanted boy... A little shy / And sad of eye / But very wise was he

In 1948, Nat King Cole had a hit with "Nature Boy," a haunting song that sounded wholly different from anything else on the radio. Cole came across the song in an unusual way: its sheet music had been left for Cole at the stage door of one of his performances. When he searched for its author, what he found was a hippie before hippies existed, a man named eden ahbez who was a long-haired wanderer living under the L in the Hollywood sign, and who wrote the song about his own life. Watch ahbez and Cole tell the story of how the song came to be (part 2). [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 8, 2009 - 48 comments

stardust memories

S T A R D U S T
posted by vronsky on Mar 4, 2008 - 36 comments

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