Nat King Cole: Ballerina
Nat 'King' Cole (vocals)
Nat King Cole at the Sands (Capitol 93786)
Charlie Harris (bass), and an orchestra conducted by Antonio Morelli.
Composed by Bob Russell & Carl Sigman. Arranged by Dave Cavanaugh.
Recorded: Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, July 14, 1960
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
The first 30 seconds are given over to fanfares (including kettledrums) introducing "Mister Nat King Cole!" Kettledrums are optional, but Mister is mandatory. Following his 1940s reign as King Cool, King Cole sold his merry olde soul for filthy lucre. By 1960, he was the Ring-a-Ding éminence grise, having starred in Hollywood movies, hosted a network-TV variety series, continuously topped the charts with easy-listening schlock, and headlined the biggest rooms in Vegas. Among his generation, only Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin matched the Ring-a-King's multimedia success. And excepting Miss Day, King Cole was the squarest of the bunch.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz