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Mar 17th, 1919 – Feb 15th, 1965
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Mona Lisa is a popular song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film "Captain Carey, U.S.A." in 1950. The song was originally written for a scene in the film where the lead character sings to a portrait of Mona Lisa.
Nat King Cole recorded "Mona Lisa" in 1950, and his version became a massive hit, reaching the top of the charts in the US and selling over a million copies. The song is a romantic ballad that tells the story of a man who is captivated by the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa painting. The lyrics describe the painting as "a lady with the mystic smile" and "the lady with the haunting eyes."
Musically, "Mona Lisa" features Cole's smooth vocals backed by a lush orchestral arrangement. The song's melody is simple and haunting, and the lyrics are elegant and romantic. The song has since become a jazz standard and has been covered by many other artists, including Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, and Harry Connick Jr.
In 1991, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and it remains one of Nat King Cole's most beloved and iconic recordings.
This song was written for a film from 1928 called Whoopee. Nat King Cole recorded My Baby Just Cares For Me in 1949 but his version was never released as a single.
And to my knowledge, the recording was never put onto an album.
Nat King Cole had this song dropped off to him on a tape 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.
Nat King Cole did a 1947 version of this song which peaked at #12 on the US Pop Chart. There is very little info available for this song.
It doesn't appear that this song was ever placed on an album.
In 1945 Mel Torme and Bob Wells wrote a song called The Christmas Song. 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.
Irving Gordon wrote this song originally under the title Incomparable. The music publishers asked him to change it to.
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.
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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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