Song 36:365 is When I Fall in Love, written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman in 1952 in the film One Minute to Zero. The first hit version was recorded by Doris Day in 1952, but perhaps the most famous version is Nat King Cole’s 1956 recording. In 1996 Nat King Cole’s daughter recorded a “duet” with her late father, using his original recording. This won the 1996 Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
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Song 20:365 is Nat King Cole’s Mona Lisa. Dating from 1950, this song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and featured in the film Captain Carey, U.S.A. I hope you enjoy my version of this classic.
In doing research for my song each day I can normally find information fairly easily about the stories behind the songs. However, there doesn’t seem to be much information about A Cradle In Bethlehem anywhere online other than the fact it was written by Alfred Bryan and Larry Stock! I’ve known this song for years as it was always one of my favourites on the Nat King Cole Christmas album. Having said that I’d never played it until yesterday when I recorded it for my 365Songs project! If you know anything more about the song, please let me know in the comments!
Today’s song dates from 1933. Written by Arlen, Harburg and Rose, It’s Only A Paper Moon first appeared in the unsuccessful Broadway play The Great Magoo, and then was used in the film Take A Chance. It grew in popularity when versions by Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald were recorded in the 1940s.
I had to do something romantic for St Valentine’s Day, so here’s Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E. It was composed by Bert Kaempfert with lyrics by Milt Gabler. Nat King Cole also recorded a version with lyrics in Italian, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. Hope you enjoy this piece today!
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