Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Nat "King" Cole Trio - Great Capitol Masters





Side 1:
01. I'm An Errand Boy For Rhythm
02. Kee Mo Ky Mo
03. I Used To Love You
04. These Foolish Things
05. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
06. The Love Nest
07. But All I've Got Is Me
08. I've Got A Way With Women

Side 2:
01. When I Take My Sugar To Tea
02. I Miss You So
03. You're The Cream in My Coffee
04. But She's My Buddy's Chick
05. Naughty Angeline
06. The Best Man
07. I Think You Get What I Mean
08. That's What

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This 1985 Pathe Marconi collection of King Cole Trio recordings for Capitol contains quite a few rarities, as can be seen from the information I've compiled below. Most of the tracks were recorded by the classic Trio lineup of Nat "King" Cole (piano, vocals), Oscar Moore (guitar) and Johnny Miller (bass). Oscar Moore left the Trio in September 1947 to join his brother's successful group, Johnny Moore and the Three Blazers which featured Charles Brown on piano and vocals. Irving Ashby replaced Oscar Moore in the Trio. Johnny Miller left in the spring of 1948 and also joined Johnny Moore and the Three Blazers. He was replaced by Joe Comfort. In 1949 bongo player Jack Costanzo was added to the Trio, which was now billed as King Cole and his Trio.

This lineup lasted into 1951. In 1952 the Trio consisted of Nat "King" Cole, John Collins (guitar) and Charlie Harris (bass) with Jack Costanzo on bongos. Variants of this lineup continued to record until 1956 by which time Nat's popular song recording work with full orchestras had taken over completely from the jazzy trio sound of the 1940s.

There's no discographical information on the LP cover, so your intrepid blogger has been hunting through websites, books and CD booklets to get the lowdown on these tracks. Below you'll find details of the recording date and personnel plus the original release of each track on "Great Capitol Masters."

01. I'm An Errand Boy For Rhythm - recorded October 18th 1945, NYC. First released on "Nat King Cole 10th Anniversary Album" 1954. *

02. Kee Mo Ky Mo - recorded August 15th, 1947, Los Angeles. First released on "King Cole For Kids" album, August, 1948. *

03. I Used To Love You - recorded November, 1949, NYC. Unreleased. ***

04. These Foolish Things - recorded August 13th, 1947, Los Angeles. Released on Capitol 10189 b/w "Cole Capers", February 1949. *

05. Dream A Little Dream Of Me - recorded October 28th, 1947, NYC. First released on "Nat King Cole 10th Anniversary Album" 1954. **

06. The Love Nest - recorded October 28th, 1947, NYC. First released on "Nat King Cole 10th Anniversary Album" 1954. **

07. But All I've Got Is Me - recorded July 3rd, 1947, Los Angeles. First released on "Nat King Cole 10th Anniversary Album" 1954. *

08. I've Got A Way With Women - recorded November 24th, 1947, NYC. First released on Capitol 15110 as B Side of "Don't Blame Me", June 1948. **

09. When I Take My Sugar To Tea - recorded Hollywood, August 6th, 1947. First released on Capitol 813, b/w "If I Had You", February 1950. *

10. I Miss You So - recorded Hollywood, June 13th, 1947. First released on Capitol B444, b/w "I Think You Get What I Mean", August, 1947. *

11. You're The Cream in My Coffee - recorded in NYC, December 18th, 1946. First released on Capitol 10086, a disc which was part of a 4 disc album, CD-49, "Capitol Artists Present Somebody Loves Me: The Beloved Songs of Buddy DeSilva." The other side of Capitol 10086 was by Clark Dennis with the Paul Weston Orchestra. Issued, May 1947. *

12. But She's My Buddy's Chick - recorded in Los Angeles, May 1st, 1946. First released on Capitol 328, B Side of "That's The Beginning Of The End", December 1946. *

13. Naughty Angeline - recorded in Los Angeles, June 13th, 1947. First released on Capitol 437 b/w "That's What", July, 1947. *

14. The Best Man - recorded in NYC, August 19th, 1946. First released on Capitol 304 b/w "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons", September, 1946. * (with Jack "The Bear" Parker on drums)

15. I Think You Get What I Mean - recorded in Los Angeles, July 3rd, 1947. First released on Capitol B444 b/w "I Miss You So", August, 1947.*

16. That's What - recorded in Los Angeles, June 13th, 1947. First released on Capitol 437 b/w "Naughty Angeline", July, 1947. *

* = Nat "King" Cole (piano, vocal); Oscar Moore (guitar); Johnny Miller (bass)

** = Nat "King" Cole (piano, vocal); Irving Ashby (guitar); Johnny Miller (bass)

*** = Nat "King" Cole (piano, vocal); Irving Ashby (guitar); Joe Comfort (bass); Jack Costanzo (bongos)


Above: "King Cole For Kids", the 1948 album (set of three 78rpm discs) which featured "Kee Mo Ky Mo." The album was re-released as a 10" LP with two additional tracks in 1951.


Above: "Nat King Cole 10th Anniversary", the 1954 LP which featured first releases of  "I'm An Errand Boy For Rhythm", "Dream A Little Dream Of Me", "The Love Nest" and "But All I've Got Is Me". The LP was also released as a set of four EPs.


Above: "Capitol Artists Present Somebody Loves Me: The Beloved Songs of Buddy DeSilva", the 1947 album (set of four 78rpm discs) which contained "You're The Cream In My Coffee." This was the only King Cole Trio side on the collection.

Discographical information from:

Bruyninckx Discography
Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll - Nick Tosches
Nat King Cole: The Man and his Music - James Haskins with Kathleen Benson
Billboard
Notes to "Cool Cole: The King Cole Trio Story" (Proper 4CD set) by Joop Visser
Notes to "The Cocktail Combos" (Capitol Blues Collection 3CD set) by Billy Vera

Worth looking out for:


The Cocktail Combos - superb Capitol 3CD set compiled by Billy Vera in 1997. The King Cole Trio (including "Get Your Kicks On Route 66"), Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, Charles Brown, Floyd Dixon.


Cool Cole: The King Cole Trio Story - Proper 4CD set with some Decca, Exelsior and Premier sides, but mostly featuring the great Capitol sides.

9 comments:

BR said...

Another excellent Nat King Cole post to be exceedingly grateful for. Thank you again, Boogiewoody!

I have the Cocktail Combo set & you're right - it's nothing short of superb, particularly the stellar work of the great Charles Brown.

boogiewoody said...

Cheers, BR. I'm listening to some Charles Brown sides from "The Cocktail Combos set right now. Heck, Jonas Bernholm named a record label after a Johnny Moore's Three Blazers w Charles Brown track - "Jukebox Lil." (not on Cocktail Combos, unfortunately)

Now I might shift to the King Cole Trio disc from the set, so I can hear "Get Your Kicks On Route 66" again! I remember telling some music fan friends of mine that Route 66 was originally a Nat King Cole recording. They were astonished - they thought it was a Chuck Berry track.

BR said...

Thanks for the info, BW. Will try to find the Charles Brown you mention as he's a particular favourite of mine.

I had to laugh when I read your "Route 66" story. I had a similar experience once with someone who argued - & quite vehemently, I might add - that "Long Tall Sally" was written & first performed by Lennon & McCartney. Needless to say, they were a little astonished when I played them the original track by Little Richard.

Keep up the great work!

boogiewoody said...

Hi BR. You can here Juke Box Lil here:

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/nc145204us

There's also label shots of the A and B side of the disc.

I remember the Route 66 story - three of us were on the way to work one morning when the Rolling Stones version came on the radio. My travelling companions were adamant that it was a Chuck Berry song. I had to burn a CD with the King Cole Trio version on it to convince them that the song predated Mr Berry's musical career.

BR said...

Thanks for the link to the Charles Brown track, BW. Much appreciated. Always pleasant to hear something by a favourite artist I've never heard before.

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Anonymous said...

How exactly do you download the file? The link in your post points to a site that is chock full of malware, without a download button for the .rar file.

boogiewoody said...

Sorry - looks like it's a bad day on Zippyshare. Sometimes it's fine and there's either no malware or else just an advert that's pretty harmless if inconvenient.

I've just used the link and it generated a new tab offering a browser add on but the zippyshare download link appeared in another tab which I used without any problems and then I simply closed the intrusive tab.

I'm in the middle of uploading the file to Dropbox. I'll post the new link here in the comments for you to use in about 40 minutes from now (I have a very slow internet connection).

BW

boogiewoody said...

Dropbox link for Great Capitol Masters -

https://www.dropbox.com/s/86kuj5shaj1snml/Great%20Capitol%20Masters2.rar?dl=0