Nat King Cole Trio, The

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Members of Nat King Cole Trio, The: Bob Miller (22), Charles Harris (2), Irving Ashby, Joe Comfort, John Collins (2), Johnny Miller (2), Nat King Cole, Oscar Moore, Red Callender, Wesley Prince

Discography of Nat King Cole Trio, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1942-46) 22 Audio 1995-10-31 Capitol Jazz
2 Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping / Pretend 2 Audio Capitol Records
3 After Midnight 10 Audio 1978 Capitol Records
4 The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio • The Vocal Classics (1947-1950) 22 Audio 1996 Capitol Jazz
5 Nat King Cole Sings With The Nat King Cole Trio 12 Audio Music For Pleasure
6 Too Marvellous For Words 12 Audio 1975
7 I Miss You So 2 Audio 1947 Capitol Records
8 Lost April / Nature Boy 2 Audio 1947 Capitol Records
9 Vol.2 16 Audio 1990 Echo (5)
10 Nat King Cole And The Nat King Cole Trio 11 Audio 1969 Music For Pleasure
11 After Midnight 12 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
12 The Vintage Years 11 Audio 1966 Capitol Records
13 I'm A Shy Guy / I Tho't You Ought To Know 2 Audio 1945 Capitol Records
14 The Vintage Years 11 Audio 1966 Capitol Records
15 Trio Days 12 Audio 1972 Capitol Records
16 The Best Man / (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 2 Audio 1946 Capitol Records
17 Embraceable You / Jazz 1 / Vanstory Board 14 Audio Vanstory
18 Instrumental Classics 12 Audio Capitol Records
19 With Lester Young & Red Callender 7 Audio 1958 Score (3)
20 After Midnight 10 Audio Capitol Records
21 The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1947-1950) 22 Audio 1996 Capitol Jazz
22 Vocal Classics 12 Audio Capitol Records
23 After Midnight: The Complete Session 18 Audio 2004-04-01 Capitol Records
24 The Collection - 20 Golden Greats 20 Audio 1985 Deja Vu
25 The King Cole Trio 8 Audio 1944 Capitol Records
26 Don't Blame Me / I've Got A Way With Women 2 Audio 1947 Capitol Records
27 Nat King Cole Trio 12 Audio 1976 Oxford
28 Sings & Plays 12 Audio Joker (2)
29 Trio Days 12 Audio 1972 One-Up
30 The Christmas Song / In The Cool Of The Evening 2 Audio 1946 Capitol Records
31 And The Nat King Cole Trio 12 Audio Music For Pleasure
32 The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1942-46) 22 Audio 1995 Capitol Jazz
33 Nat King Cole And His Trio 10 Audio 1965 Wyncote
34 Portrait Of Jenny 2 Audio Capitol Records
35 That's The Beginning Of The End / But She's My Buddy's Chick 2 Audio Capitol Records
36 You're The Cream In My Coffee / Together 2 Audio 1947
37 10th Anniversary 18 Audio Capitol Records
38 King Cole For Kids 6 Audio 1948 Capitol Records
39 And The Nat King Cole Trio 12 Audio Music For Pleasure
40 I Realize Now / Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You 2 Audio Capitol Records
41 Capitol Presents Nat King Cole And His Trio 8 Audio Capitol Records
42 Lillette / A Woman Always Understands 2 Audio Capitol Records
43 Harvest Of Hits 8 Audio
44 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) / Laguna Mood 2 Audio Capitol Records
45 Route 66 2 Audio Telefunken Capitol
46 Scotchin' With The Soda 2 Audio Decca
47 All For You / Vom, Vim, Veedle 2 Audio 1943 Capitol Records
48 After Midnight - Complete Session 19 Audio 2010 Analogue Productions
49 Harvest Of Hits 8 Audio 1950
50 Volume 3 8 Audio 1950 Capitol Records


In 1937, Nat King Cole arrived to Los Angeles where he formed the original lineup of the [b]Nat King Cole Trio[/b]. The trio consisted of Nat on piano, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Wesley Prince on double bass - the absence of a drummer making the combo unique among the swing/jazz outifts of that time. The trio played in Los Angeles throughout the late 1930s and recorded many radio transcriptions.

In 1939, the Cole Trio was receiving enough attention to embark on its first tour of the East Coast and the Midwest - in New York, Cole, Moore and Prince backed singer [a=Billie Holiday] on one of her Manhattan gigs. In 1940, the Cole Trio made its first commercially available recording of [i]Sweet Lorraine[/i], which featured Cole on lead vocals and became the group's first hit as well as the group's theme on radio.

The outbreak of World War II lead to several line-up changes: Prince, who was drafted into the U.S. military, being temporarily replaced by Red Callender, and later by Johnny Miller who stayed with the group until 1947 (when he was replaced by Irving Ashby). During its 1943-1949 period, the Cole Trio had its share of major hits, which were not only commercially successful, but also extremely influential.

By the end of the '40s, Nat King Cole (in accordance with [l=Capitol Records]' marketing strategy) gradually phased out his part as improvising jazz singer/pianist with the King Cole Trio, focussing on his new career as jazz-influenced pop singer that he pursued through the '50s and early '60s.

Original line-up (1937-1942):

Nat King Cole: piano

Oscar Moore: guitar

Wesley Prince: bass

"Capitol-years" line-up (1943-1947):

Nat King Cole: piano

Oscar Moore: guitar

Johnny Miller: bass


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