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NAT KING COLE: Stardust—The Rare Television Performances. (2CD Set)

—Despite passing away at the young age of 45, Nat “King” Cole Enjoyed a 30-Year Career in Show Business and Became One of the Greatest Pop Singers of All Time

—In 1956, Nat Began a 13-Month Run as Host of The Nat King Cole Show

—While Bits and Pieces of His Performances from the Show Have Surfaced on Various Bootlegs, Stardust—The Rare Television Performances Represents the First Legitimate and Comprehensive Collection of This Material

—35 Tracks That Also Include Recordings from Nat’s 1963 appearance on Australian Television

—Features Renditions of Songs He Never Recorded Commercially as Well as Striking Re-Interpretations of His Hits

—Arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May

—Remastered by Mike Milchner, the Engineer on At Last, Real Gone Music’s Acclaimed Collection of Peggy Lee Radio Performances

—Comprehensive Liner Notes by Cole Expert Jordan Taylor

—Photos from the Cole Estate

—A Major Addition to the Nat King Cole Discography and a Must for His Legion of Fans



Nat King Cole: Stardust—The Rare Television Performances. (2CD Set)

 Was there ever a performer in the history of American popular music who produced such a diverse body of work, over such an extended period of time, as Nat King Cole? In a career that spanned nearly 30 years—despite his untimely death in 1965 at age 45—Nat sang and played just about everything at one time or another, from jazz and pop to country and spirituals and all else in between. To this day, his music—all of it—endures.

In late 1956, at a time when Cole was arguably the most successful entertainer on the planet, he began a 13-month run as host of his own NBC television show, The Nat King Cole Show. Over the years, bits and pieces of music and footage from the show have surfaced, mostly on unauthorized bootlegs. This new collection from Real Gone Music includes more than two dozen of the rarest and choicest performances from The Nat King Cole Show, coupled with nearly 30 minutes of additional music from a 1963 appearance on Australian television being released for the very first time in America.

On display, particularly in the material from his own show, is Nat’s willingness to tackle a variety of material and genres rather than simply trotting out renditions of his most familiar and successful records. Appearing in this 2-disc set are many songs that Cole never recorded commercially or even sang again in public, with arrangements by such giants as Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Gordon Jenkins. And when he does sing one of his hits (like “Mona Lisa,” “Too Young,” or “Ramblin’ Rose”), they often scarcely resemble the studio recordings.

Remastered by Mike Milchner—who engineered Real Gone’s acclaimed set of Peggy Lee radio performances—and offering liner notes by Cole expert Jordan Taylor festooned with photos taken from the Nat King Cole estate archives, Stardust—The Rare Television Performances represents a major addition to the Nat King Cole discography. It also reminds us what a fantastic entertainer and visionary artist he truly was.


 Disc 1

1. Button Up Your Overcoat

2. It's Not For Me To Say

3. Sweet Lorraine  

4. April Love

5. I Am in Love

6. C'est Si Bon

7. Passing By

8. A Blossom Fell

9. Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much

 10. Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)

11. With You On My Mind

12. My One Sin

13. When Rock And Roll Come to Trinidad

14. Once In A While 

15. I'm in the Mood For Love

16. I Thought About Marie

17. My Heart Stood Still

18. St. Louis Blues       

 Disc 2


1. Love Is Sweeping the Country

2. It's All in the Game  

3. Life is Just A Bowl of Cherries   

4. Rosetta

5. The Nearness of You

6. Careless Love

7. My Personal Possession

8. Stardust

9. The Way You Look Tonight

10. When I Fall in Love

11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter

12. Mona Lisa

13. Too Young

14. Where or When

15. Dear Lonely Hearts

16. I Love A Piano

17. Ramblin' Rose

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