Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
"The Christmas Song" is a classic song written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme in 1945. The song was later in 1946 recorded by Nat King Cole.
Nat who was a jazz pianist and vocalist has recorded over one hundred songs which became spectacular hits on the pop charts.
This was the first black man to host a television series and he acted in films and on televisions and also performed on Broadway.
Cole began his career through an inspiration by performances of Hines. He began his career in the mid-1930s as a teenager when he adopted the name, Nat Cole.
After Cole decided to record the song in 1946, later in the same year, he made a second recording over the objections of his label and at his behest.
This version was a spectacular hit and it rose on the pop and R&B charts. This now seemed like it became his thing and he re-recorded the song in 1953 where he used the same arrangement with a full orchestra that was conducted and arranged by Nelson Riddle.
The song was recorded once more in 1961 with an orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael. The 1961 version is seen as one of the most definitive of all his recordings and in 2004 it was the most loved seasonal song.
And the original 1946 recordwas includedin the Grammy Hall of Fame 1974.The song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at position 38 on the chart.
The 1961 version of the song has a music video which has 733 thousand views on YouTube. This is the most popular or familiar version of the song up to date.
The instrumental arrangement of this version is almost the same as the 1953 version, but the vocals are deeper and more focused.
Track List -
Nat's Christmas Wishes
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
Deck The Hall
O Come All Ye Faithful
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
I Saw Three Ships
O Holy Night
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
A Cradle In Bethlehem
Away In A Manger
Joy To The World
The First Noel
All I Want For Christmas
The Happiest Christmas Tree
The Christmas Song