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“Unforgettable” September 23, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Jazz, Music, Nat King Cole.

Nat “King” Cole, who smoked three packs of Kools a day because he thought it helped his voice, died of lung cancer in 1965 at the age of forty-five.

This song, written for him by Irving Gordon in 1951 and arranged by Nelson Riddle, became his signature theme. Forty years later, Nat’s daughter Natalie Cole had the biggest hit of her career with an album of her father’s standards, including this cut in which she duetted with him:

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