For a mild-mannered man whose music was always easy on the ear, Nat King Cole managed to be a figure of considerable controversy during his 30 years as a professional musician. From the late '40s to the mid-'60s, he was a massively successful pop singer who ranked with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. He shared with those peers a career that encompassed hit records, international touring, radio and television shows, and appearances in films. But unlike them, he had not emerged from a background as a band singer in the swing era. Instead, he had spent a decade as a celebrated jazz pianist, leading his own small group. Oddly, that was one source of controversy. For some reason, there seem to be more jazz critics than fans of traditional pop among music journalists, and Cole's transition from jazz to pop ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
The King Cole Trio [Capitol] 1944 The King Cole Trio [Capitol] Capitol
 
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The King Cole Trio, Vol. 2 1946 The King Cole Trio, Vol. 2 Capitol
 
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The King Cole Trio, Vol. 3 1948 The King Cole Trio, Vol. 3 Capitol
 
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Nat King Cole at the Piano 1950 Nat King Cole at the Piano
 
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Penthouse Serenade 1952 Penthouse Serenade Blue Note / Capitol
 
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Eight Top Pops 1954 Eight Top Pops Capitol
 
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The King Cole Trio [Aladdin] 1954 The King Cole Trio [Aladdin] Aladdin Records
 
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Sings for Two in Love 1954 Sings for Two in Love Capitol / EMI Records
 
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Unforgettable: Songs by Nat King Cole 1954 Unforgettable: Songs by Nat King Cole Capitol / EMI Records
 
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10th Anniversary 1955 10th Anniversary Collectors' Choice Music
 
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Instrumental Classics 1955 Instrumental Classics Capitol
 
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Vocal Classics 1955 Vocal Classics Capitol
 
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The Piano Style of Nat King Cole 1956 The Piano Style of Nat King Cole Blue Note
 
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This Is Nat King Cole 1957 This Is Nat King Cole Collectors' Choice Music
 
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Just One of Those Things 1957 Just One of Those Things Analogue Productions / APO (Analogue Production Originals) / Capitol
 
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After Midnight 1957 After Midnight Capitol / Blue Note
 
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The Lester Young-King Cole Trio 1957 The Lester Young-King Cole Trio Capitol
 
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Love Is the Thing 1957 Love Is the Thing Japanese Import
 
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St. Louis Blues 1958 St. Louis Blues Analogue Productions / APO (Analogue Production Originals)
 
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The Swingin' Side 1958 The Swingin' Side Capitol
 
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Cole Español 1958 Cole Español Capitol
 
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The Very Thought of You 1958 The Very Thought of You DCC Compact Classics
 
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To Whom It May Concern 1959 To Whom It May Concern Collectors' Choice Music
 
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A Mis Amigos 1959 A Mis Amigos Collectors' Choice Music
 
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Welcome to the Club 1959 Welcome to the Club Audio Fidelity / EMI
 
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Nat King Cole at the Sands 1960 Nat King Cole at the Sands Capitol / Blue Note
 
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Tell Me All About Yourself 1960 Tell Me All About Yourself Capitol / Universal
 
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Wild Is Love 1960 Wild Is Love Collectors' Choice Music
 
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The Magic of Christmas 1960 The Magic of Christmas Capitol
 
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Every Time I Feel the Spirit 1960 Every Time I Feel the Spirit Collectors' Choice Music
 
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The Touch of Your Lips 1961 The Touch of Your Lips Capitol / Universal
 
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String Along with Nat "King" Cole 1961 String Along with Nat "King" Cole
 
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Ramblin' Rose 1962 Ramblin' Rose Capitol / EMI Records
 
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Dear Lonely Hearts 1962 Dear Lonely Hearts Capitol / Universal
 
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More Cole Español 1962 More Cole Español Capitol / Universal
 
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Nat King Cole Sings the Blues, Vol. 1 1962 Nat King Cole Sings the Blues, Vol. 1 Capitol
 
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Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays 1962 Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays Capitol
 
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Where Did Everyone Go? 1963 Where Did Everyone Go? Analogue Productions / APO (Analogue Production Originals) / Capitol
 
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Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer 1963 Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer Collectors' Choice Music
 
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Nat King Cole Sings the Blues, Vol. 2 1963 Nat King Cole Sings the Blues, Vol. 2 Capitol
 
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Top Pops 1963 Top Pops EMI Music Distribution / Collectors' Choice Music
 
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I Don't Want to Be Hurt Anymore 1964 I Don't Want to Be Hurt Anymore Capitol / Universal
 
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Nat King Cole Sings My Fair Lady 1964 Nat King Cole Sings My Fair Lady Capitol
 
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Let's Face the Music! 1964 Let's Face the Music! Capitol
 
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L-O-V-E 1965 L-O-V-E Collectors' Choice Music
 
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Songs from Cat Ballou and Other Motion Pictures 1965 Songs from Cat Ballou and Other Motion Pictures
 
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The Great Ones! 1966 The Great Ones! Capitol
 
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Nat Cole at J.A.T.P., Vol. 1 1966 Nat Cole at J.A.T.P., Vol. 1 Verve
 
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Nat Cole at J.A.T.P., Vol. 2 1966 Nat Cole at J.A.T.P., Vol. 2 Verve
 
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Nat King Cole Sings Hymns and Spirituals 1966 Nat King Cole Sings Hymns and Spirituals Capitol
 
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Sincerely 1967 Sincerely Capitol
 
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Thank You, Pretty Baby 1967 Thank You, Pretty Baby Parlophone
 
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There, I've Said It Again 1969 There, I've Said It Again Capitol
 
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Music at Sunset 1999 Music at Sunset Jazz Colours
 
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The Jubilee Shows, Vol. 1: Nos. 96 & 171 2001 The Jubilee Shows, Vol. 1: Nos. 96 & 171 Collector's Classics / Jubilee Shows
 
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Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole 2013 Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole Concord
 
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Unforgettable... and More Hits 2017 Unforgettable... and More Hits New World
 
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Shadows: Songs of Nat King Cole & Live at Jazz à Vienne Shadows: Songs of Nat King Cole & Live at Jazz à Vienne Naxos of America / OKeh Records
 
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