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A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole

A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole is the sixth studio album by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla (Motown) label on November 1, 1965. It is a tribute album, dedicated to his idol, late jazz performer Nat "King" Cole, who had died of lung cancer earlier in the year.[1][2]

A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1965
Recorded1965
GenreVocal jazz, R&B
Length35:53
LabelTamla
ProducerHal Davis, Marc Gordon, Harvey Fuqua
Marvin Gaye chronology
How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You
(1965)
A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole
(1965)
Moods of Marvin Gaye
(1966)

An Allmusic writer said the album was "a fine album that got lost after its release". Marvin was a vocal admirer of Nat King Cole and told interviewers Cole's vocals and performing style influenced his.

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Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nature Boy"Eden Ahbez2:49
2."Ramblin' Rose"Joe Sherman, Noel Sherman2:50
3."Too Young"Sylvia Dee, Sidney Lippman3:47
4."Pretend"Cliff Parman, Frank Lavere, Lew Douglas2:53
5."Straighten Up and Fly Right"Nat King Cole, Irving Mills2:22
6."Mona Lisa"Ray Evans, Jay Livingston3:01
7."Unforgettable"Irving Gordon3:40
8."To the Ends of the Earth"Joe Sherman, Noel Sherman2:18
9."Sweet Lorraine"Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish2:47
10."It's Only a Paper Moon"Harold Arlen, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Billy Rose2:25
11."Send for Me"Ollie Jones2:57
12."Calypso Blues"Don George, Nat King Cole4:04

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Tribute to the Great Nat King Cole - Marvin Gaye | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/archives/la-me-nat-king-cole-19650216-story.html