St. Louis Blues

Nat King Cole

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St. Louis Blues Review

by Scott Yanow

The filmed version of W.C. Handy's life, St. Louis Blues, is a fictional abomination full of every bad cliché that Hollywood could come up with. Its one saving grace was the dignified performance given by Nat King Cole in the lead role (even if Handy was never a singing pianist). This LP, in addition to featuring Nelson Riddle's "Overture" from the film, finds Cole singing ten of Handy's finest compositions (including "Beale Street Blues," "Careless Love" and the title song) while backed by an orchestra playing Riddle's arrangements.

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