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Nat King Cole Famous Songs
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Here on my Nat King Cole famous songs page you'll find a collection of free demo covers, chords and lyrics sheets, rhythm tips and more to a few of his greatest numbers.

There are also full lesson tutorials available for purchase for a small fee if required. I'm also using Nat King Cole album covers were available to indicate where the song originated.

nat king cole famous songs

Mar 17th, 1919 – Feb 15th, 1965

(aged 45)

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Nat King Cole Famous Songs
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1. L.O.V.E.

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"L-O-V-E" is a song by Nat King Cole that was recorded in June 1964. It was released as a single later that year and also featured on Cole's album titled "L-O-V-E," which was released in 1965.

L-O-V-E" became one of Nat King Cole's signature songs and has been widely covered by many artists since its release. It remains a popular choice for romantic occasions and is often featured in films and commercials.

The album "L-O-V-E" was Cole's last studio album recorded before his death in 1965, making it a significant part of his legacy in the music industry and a Nat King Cole best seller. 

I play this one in G with the chords G, D, D7, C, A7, Am7, Edim and then with a key change to A using the additional chords E7, A, E, Bm and an Adim. Use a root down root up down up and play a melody lead break in the middle of the song.

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2. Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa is a famous song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the 1950 movie "Captain Carey, U.S.A." The song was used in a scene where the main character sings to a portrait of Mona Lisa.

Nat King Cole recorded "Mona Lisa" in 1950, and it became a huge hit. It topped the charts in the US and sold over a million copies.

The song is a romantic ballad about a man who is fascinated by the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa painting. The lyrics call her "a lady with the mystic smile" and "the lady with the haunting eyes."

Musically, "Mona Lisa" features Cole's smooth vocals with a rich orchestral backing. The melody is simple yet haunting, and the lyrics are elegant and romantic. The song has become a jazz standard, covered by many artists like Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, and Harry Connick Jr.

In 1991, "Mona Lisa" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It remains one of Nat King Cole's most beloved and iconic songs.

Played with a capo 1st fret in standard tuning, this one only has a few chords which are G7, C, F, Fm and Cdim. The rhythm pattern I use is a root up down up bass up down up and repeat.

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3. My Baby Just Cares For Me

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My Baby Just Cares For Me was written for a film from 1928 called Whoopee. Nat King Cole recorded the number in 1949 but his version was never released as a single.

And to my knowledge, the recording was never put onto an album.

I play this one in standard tuning with a down up down up with walking bass rhythm  pattern. There is some lead in here with the chords G, Am7, D7, B7, Em, A7, D7, C, Adim and E7.

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3. Nature Boy

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Nature Boy was introduced to Nat King Cole from a tape dropped off to him in 1948 before he was about to take the stage. 

After hearing the song a bit later he knew he wanted to record it and eventually tracked down the writer.

There is lead in here while playing in standard tuning with the chords Dm, Em, A7, Dm, Dmaug7, E7sus4, A7sus, Dm Bb-5. The rhythm pattern is mainly down strokes with some arpeggio blended into the pattern.

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4. Save The Bones For Henry Jones

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Save The Bones For Henry Jones has very little info available. Nat King Cole did a 1947 version of this song which peaked at #12 on the US Pop Chart.

It doesn't appear that this song was ever placed on an album.

Played in standard tuning with the chords G, C, D7, A7, D, E7 and Edim, there is some picking in this one. You'll need a down up down up down up down up and repeat rhythm pattern.

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5. The Christmas Song

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The Christmas Song was written in 1945 by Mel Torme and Bob Wells. But over the years people began calling the song "Chestnut's Roasting On An Open Fire" or "Merry Christmas To You". 

Nat King Cole recorded his first version in 1946. It became a huge hit and went to #3. He recorded is again in 1953 and 1961, with the last version being the classic version we all know and love today. 

Lots of chords here including G, Am, Bm, Cmaj7, Dm, G7, B7, Em, Em/Eb, Em/D, Gb, Bmaj7, F, D7, Cm, A#, A7sus and A7 while played in standard tuning and a capo 2nd fret. No lead as you play a down down up down up and repeat rhythm pattern.

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6. Unforgettable

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Unforgettable was written by Irving Gordon originally under the title Incomparable. The music publishers asked him to change it to Unforgettable which has become one of those Nat King Cole classics over the years.

Unforgettable, which he did in 1951. 40 years later in 1991 daughter Natalie recorded a duet version with her fathers track. The song once again peaked as it did 40 years earlier, at #14 on the pop singles chart.

Play this one in standard tuning with a down down up down up down up and repeat rhythm pattern. There is some lead here with the chords Fmaj7, E, Bbmaj7, Gbdim, Eb6, Ebm, A#, G#7, G7, C9, F, Abdim, C7, G#, (Db m maj7 (13).

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Nat King Cole Biography (Brief)

The Nat King Cole death occurred in 1965 at the age of only 45. He was jazz pianist and vocalist who recorded more than 100 hit songs during his career. He was also one of the first African American men to host his own TV show.

He was born in Montgomery AL but moved to Chicago at age 4. He had 3 other brothers and a half sister. His mother was the organist and taught Nat how to play until he took formal lessons at age 12. By age 15 he quit school and was full time into music.

His TV show lasted only 1 year from 1956-1957 due to a lack of sponsorship. His biggest success however occurred during the 1950's with some minor hits in the early 1960's.

He collapsed at The Sands hotel in Vegas while performing on stage and upon entering hospital, it was discovered he had a growth on his lung and he had lung cancer. He was a heavy smoker.

On Feb 15, 1965 he drove by the sea early in the morning, then checked into the hospital and died that same day.

Nat King Cole sold more than 50 million copies of his music during his short lifetime.

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