Nat King Cole: Italy 1960


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The other day I received a fabulous YouTube link from Dick LaPalm, Nat King Cole's record promoter. [Photo above: Nat King Cole with wife Maria]

Before you watch, here are Dick's notes ...

“The song Non Dimenticar [Do Not Forget] was written in 1950 by Italy's Michele Gladieri and Paulo Redi. Originally titled T'ho Voluto Bene, the song first appeared in the 1951 classic Italian film Anna, starring Silvana Mangano. The new title and English lyric is the work of Shelly Dobbins. Nat Cole, with Nelson Riddle's arrangement and orchestra, recorded the song on August 18, 1958.

Here, beautifully accompanied by just his trio, is a very rare video of Nathaniel performing this marvelous song on an Italian TV show in Rome in the spring of 1960, during a tour there. The musicians are John Collins on guitar, Charlie Harris on bass and Lee Young [Lester's brother] on drums..."

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