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Top Pops

by Nat King Cole

Top Pops by Nat King Cole

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Top Pops

by Nat King Cole

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Label: Capitol Records
This compiles hit singles and B-sides from the early '50s, when Nat Cole was finding even greater success as a balladeer than as leader of a superlative jazz trio. Cole and his arrangers (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Pete Rugolo) rarely do wrong, even on the few lackluster cuts. But the classics outshine everything -- "Funny (Not Much)," "Somewhere Along the Way" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." Then there's "Teach Me Tonight"; singers may put a ribald spin on the song (the lyrics aren't about learning equations), but Cole sounds positively virginal compared to his bawdy romp through "Papa Loves Mambo."

About This Album

This compiles hit singles and B-sides from the early '50s, when Nat Cole was finding even greater success as a balladeer than as leader of a superlative jazz trio. Cole and his arrangers (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Pete Rugolo) rarely do wrong, even on the few lackluster cuts. But the classics outshine everything -- "Funny (Not Much)," "Somewhere Along the Way" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." Then there's "Teach Me Tonight"; singers may put a ribald spin on the song (the lyrics aren't about learning equations), but Cole sounds positively virginal compared to his bawdy romp through "Papa Loves Mambo."

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About This Album

This compiles hit singles and B-sides from the early '50s, when Nat Cole was finding even greater success as a balladeer than as leader of a superlative jazz trio. Cole and his arrangers (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Pete Rugolo) rarely do wrong, even on the few lackluster cuts. But the classics outshine everything -- "Funny (Not Much)," "Somewhere Along the Way" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." Then there's "Teach Me Tonight"; singers may put a ribald spin on the song (the lyrics aren't about learning equations), but Cole sounds positively virginal compared to his bawdy romp through "Papa Loves Mambo."