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The Nat King Cole Trio

Band, 1937-1950 US, Los Angeles
Jazz and Pop

In 1937, Nat King Cole arrived in Los Angeles where he formed the original lineup of the Nat King Cole Trio. The trio consisted of Nat on piano, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Wesley Prince on double bass - the absence of a drummer making the combo unique among the swing/jazz outifts of that time. The trio played in Los Angeles throughout the late 1930s and recorded many radio transcriptions. In 1939, the Cole Trio was receiving enough attention to embark on its first tour of the East Coast and the Midwest - in New York, Cole, Moore and Prince backed singer Billie Holiday on one of her Manhattan gigs. In 1940, the Cole Trio made its first commercially available recording of Sweet Lorraine, which featured Cole on lead vocals and became the group's first hit as well as the group's theme on radio. The outbreak of World War II lead to several line-up changes: Prince, who was drafted into the U.S. military, being temporarily replaced by Red Callender, and later by Johnny Miller who stayed with the group until 1947 (when he was replaced by Irving Ashby). During its 1943-1949 period, the Cole Trio had its share of major hits, which were not only commercially successful, but also extremely influential. By the end of the '40s, Nat King Cole (in accordance with Capitol Records' marketing strategy) gradually phased out his part as improvising jazz singer/pianist with the King Cole Trio, focussing on his new career as jazz-influenced pop singer that he pursued through the '50s and early '60s. Original line-up (1937-1942): Nat King Cole: piano Oscar Moore: guitar Wesley Prince: bass "Capitol-years" line-up (1943-1947): Nat King Cole: piano Oscar Moore: guitar Johnny Miller: bass

        
Members
PortraitNat King Cole
voc, p 1919-1965 US
PortraitRed Callender
b, tu 1916-1992 US
PortraitOscar Moore
g 1916-1981 US
Wesley Prince
b, voc 1907-1980 US
PortraitJohn Collins
g 1913-2001 US
PortraitIrving Ashby
g 1920-1987 US
PortraitJohnny Miller
b 1915-1988 US
Joe Comfort
b 1917-1988 US
PortraitCharles Harris
b 1916-2003 US
Bob Miller
b

Band Membership
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Zurich 1950The Nat King Cole Trio2017Album
The Very Best Of Nat King Cole And His TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio2010Compil.
The Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall ConcertThe Nat King Cole Trio2010Album
Honeysuckle Rose The Classic RecordingsThe Nat King Cole Trio2009Compil.
Sweet Loraine / Snub's BluesThe Nat King Cole Trio2007Album
Nat King Cole Trio (CD 1)The Nat King Cole Trio2006Compil.
Georgia On My MindThe Nat King Cole Trio2005Compil.
TranscriptionsThe Nat King Cole Trio2005Compil.
The TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio2005Compil.
Jumpin'The Nat King Cole Trio2005Compil.
Jumpin' At Capitol / How High The MoonThe Nat King Cole Trio / Nat King Cole2004Album
Too Marvelous For WordsThe Nat King Cole Trio2003Compil.
What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry / This Way OutThe Nat King Cole Trio2003Album
The Golden Years Of Nat King Cole And His TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio2002Compil.
Straighten Up And Fly Right / (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66The Nat King Cole Trio2002Album
Nat King Cole Trio with Jack CostanzoThe Nat King Cole Trio with Jack Costanzo2001Album
Cool Cole - The King Cole Trio StoryThe Nat King Cole Trio2001Compil.
It's Only A Paper Moon / Easy Listenin' BluesThe Nat King Cole Trio2000Album
The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 1 1938Nat King Cole, The Nat King Cole Trio2000Album
Golden Years 1943-1946The Nat King Cole Trio2000Album
Jazz Piano MastersThe Nat King Cole Trio, George Shearing2000Compil.
Sweet Georgia BrownThe Nat King Cole Trio2000Compil.
This Will Make You LaughThe Nat King Cole Trio1999Album
Scotchin' With The SodaThe Nat King Cole Trio1999Album
Scotchin' With The SodaThe Nat King Cole Trio1999Compil.
That Ain't Right / Scotchin' With The SodaThe Nat King Cole Trio1999Album
Live At The Circle RoomThe Nat King Cole Trio1999Album
A Portrait Of The Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1998Compil.
The Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1998Compil.
Memories Of Nat King ColeThe Nat King Cole Trio1998Album
The King Cole TrioNat King Cole, The Nat King Cole Trio1998Compil.
For Sentimental ReasonsThe Nat King Cole Trio1997Compil.
The Very Best OfThe Nat King Cole Trio1997Compil.
Nat King Cole Trio 1945-1946The Nat King Cole Trio With Oscar Moore & Johnny Miller1997Album
Nat King Cole Trio 1946-1947The Nat King Cole Trio With Oscar Moore & Johnny Miller1997Compil.
Look For The Silver Lining / Smoke Gets In Your EyesMargaret Whiting / The Nat King Cole Trio1996Single
Trio ClassicsThe Nat King Cole Trio1996Compil.
The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio • The Vocal Classics (1947-1950)The Nat King Cole Trio1996Compil.
The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1942-46)The Nat King Cole Trio1995Compil.
The MacGregor Years, 1941-1945The Nat King Cole Trio1995Compil.
Go Bongo!The Nat King Cole Trio1995Compil.
The Best Of The King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1995Compil.
The Vintage YearsThe Nat King Cole Trio1995Compil.
Early Years of Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1993Compil.
The Best ofThe Nat King Cole Trio1993Compil.
Strictly Instrumental 1938 - 1941The Nat King Cole Trio1992Compil.
The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio - The Instrumental ClassicsThe Nat King Cole Trio1992Compil.
10th Anniversary AlbumThe Nat King Cole Trio1992Single
Original Vocal And Instrumental Recordings Of The Easy Listenin' FavoritesThe Nat King Cole Trio1992Album
10th Anniversary AlbumThe Nat King Cole Trio1992Single
The Trio Recordings, Vol. 1The Nat King Cole Trio1991Compil.
The Trio RecordingsThe Nat King Cole Trio1991Compil.
The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1991Compil.
The Complete Early Transcriptions Of The King Cole Trio: 1938-1941The Nat King Cole Trio1991Compil.
Straighen Up And Fly RightThe Nat King Cole Trio1991Compil.
The Early FortiesThe Nat King Cole Trio1990Compil.
Vol.2The Nat King Cole Trio1990Compil.
Combo USACount Basie Sextet / The George Shearing Quintet / The Nat King Cole Trio1990Compil.
Vocal Classics & Instrumental ClassicsThe Nat King Cole Trio1990Compil.
1943/49 The Vocal SidesThe Nat King Cole Trio1990Compil.
Jumpin' At Capitol: The Best Of The Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1990Compil.
Hit That Jive, Jack/The Earliest Recordings 1940-41The Nat King Cole Trio1990Compil.
Nat King Cole And The King Cole TrioNat King Cole And The Nat King Cole Trio1989Compil.
Nat "King" ColeThe Nat King Cole Trio1989Album
The Nat 'King' Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1989Compil.
In The Cool Of The EveningThe Nat King Cole Trio1989Album
The Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1987Compil.
Beautiful Moons Ago / Let's Spring OneThe Nat King Cole Trio1987Album
Any Old TimeThe Nat King Cole Trio1985Compil.
Great Capitol MastersThe Nat King Cole Trio1985Compil.
The Collection - 20 Golden GreatsThe Nat King Cole Trio1985Compil.
Trio DaysThe Nat King Cole Trio1984Compil.
The King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1984Compil.
ClassicsThe Nat King Cole Trio1984Compil.
Pieces Of ColeThe Nat King Cole Trio1979Compil.
The Forgotten YearsThe Nat King Cole Trio1979Album
The King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1977Album
Crazy 'Bout RhythmThe Nat King Cole Trio1976Compil.
Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1976Compil.
Too Marvellous For WordsThe Nat King Cole Trio1975Compil.
Un Disco Storico: Nat "King" Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1974Compil.
Sings & PlaysThe Nat King Cole Trio1973Compil.
Trio DaysThe Nat King Cole Trio1972Compil.
Nat King Cole And The Nat King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1970Compil.
The Vintage YearsThe Nat King Cole Trio1966Compil.
Nat King Cole And His TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1965Compil.
Laguna Mood/ Christmas SongThe Nat King Cole Trio1963Album
This Can't Be LoveNat King Cole / The Nat King Cole Trio1963Single
With Lester Young & Red CallenderThe Nat King Cole Trio1958Compil.
Slow Down / Early Morning BluesThe Nat King Cole Trio1958Album
After Midnight, Part 2The Nat King Cole Trio1957Single
After Midnight, Part 1The Nat King Cole Trio1957Single
Embraceable You / What Is This Thing Called LoveThe Nat King Cole Trio1957Single
After Midnight, Part 4The Nat King Cole Trio1957Single
After MidnightThe Nat King Cole Trio1957Single
After Midnight, Part 3The Nat King Cole Trio1957Single
Vocal ClassicsThe Nat King Cole Trio1956Compil.
After MidnightThe Nat King Cole Trio1956Album
Vocal ClassicsThe Nat King Cole Trio1956Compil.
Honeysuckle RoseThe Nat King Cole Trio1956Single
Nat King Cole And His Trio Vol 2The Nat King Cole Trio1954Album
Nature Boy / For All We KnowNat King Cole, The Nat King Cole Trio1952Single
Makin' Whoopee / This Is My Night To DreamThe Nat King Cole Trio1952Single
Lush Life / LillianThe Nat King Cole Trio1952Single
I'm Lost / Beautiful Moons AgoThe Nat King Cole Trio1952Single
What Is This Thing Called Love? / Prelude In C Sharp MinorThe Nat King Cole Trio1952Album
I Miss You So / Lush LifeNat King Cole / The Nat King Cole Trio1951Album
Embraceable You / It's Only A Paper MoonThe Nat King Cole Trio1951Single
Calypso Blues / Lost AprilNat King Cole / The Nat King Cole Trio1951Album
King Cole And His Trio, Vol. 4The Nat King Cole Trio1950Album
Time Out For Tears / Get To Gettin'The Nat King Cole Trio1950Album
Harvest Of HitsThe Nat King Cole Trio1950Album
Orange Colored Sky / Jam-BoThe Nat King Cole Trio And Stan Kenton And His Orchestra1950Album
Volume 4The Nat King Cole Trio1950Album
Orange Colored Sky / Jam-BoThe Nat King Cole Trio And Stan Kenton And His Orchestra With Nat King Cole1950Album
An Old Piano Plays The Bluest / Mona LisaThe Nat King Cole Trio1950Album
(All I Want For Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth / The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)The Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
My Mother Told Me / Exactly Like YouThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon / Don't Cry, Cry BabyThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
No Moon At All / It Only Happens OnceThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
Portrait Of Jenny / Don't Cry, Cry BabyThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
If I Had You / When I Take My Sugar To TeaThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
Portrait Of Jenny / An Old Piano Plays The BluesThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
Your Voice / I Get Sentimental Over NothingThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
I Don't Know Why / I Know That You KnowThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Single
Who Do You Know In Heaven (That Made You The Angel You Are) / (It's Easy To See) The Trouble With Me Is YouThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
Yes Sir, That's My BabyThe Nat King Cole Trio1949Album
Straighten Up And Fly Right / Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To YouThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) / Laguna MoodThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
"Pitchin' Up A Boogie" / "I'm Lost"The Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
A Boy From Texas-A Girl From Tennessee / My Fair LadyThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
Lillette / A Woman Always UnderstandsThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
Nature Boy / Lost AprilThe Nat King Cole Trio / Nat King Cole1948Album
Pitchin' Up A Boogie / Beautiful Moons AgoThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
King Cole For KidsThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
I've Only Myself To Blame / The GeekThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
Don't Blame Me / I've Got A Way With WomenThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
It's The Sentimental Thing To Do / Put 'Em In A Box, Tie 'Em With A RibbonThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
Little Girl / Baby, Baby All The TimeThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
That's A Natural Fact / Flo And JoeThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
I Can't See For Lookin' / For Sentimental ReasonsThe Nat King Cole Trio1948Album
My Baby Likes To Be-Bop (And I Like To Be-Bop Too)Johnny Mercer And The Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
You Don't Learn That In School / Meet Me At No Special PlaceThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Come In Out Of The Rain / Can You Look Me In The EyesThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
This Will Make You Laugh / This Side UpThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Those Things Money Can't Buy / Now He Tells MeThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Magnolia Blues / Beautiful Moons AgoSanto Pecora And His Back Room Boys / The Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
I'm Lost / Let's Spring OneThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
That's What / Naughty AngelineThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Scotchin' With Soda / Slow DownThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
You Should Have Told Me / I Want To Thank Your FolksThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / The Touch Of Your HandThe Nat King Cole Trio / Hal Derwin With Paul Weston And His Orchestra1947Album
Hit That Jive Jack / Honeysuckle RoseThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
I Miss You So / I Think You Get What I MeanThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Volume 3The Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Hit The Ramp / Early Morning BluesThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Lulubelle / There I've Said It AgainThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
I Feel So Smoochie / What'll I DoThe Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
Save The Bones For Henry Jones ('Cause Henry Don't Eat No Meat) / HarmonyJohnny Mercer And The Nat King Cole Trio1947Album
I'm In The Mood For Love / I Love You For Sentimental ReasonsThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
Old School Teacher / Frim Fram Sauce / Come To Baby DoFrank Sinatra / The Nat King Cole Trio / Lena Horne1946Album
The Best Man / (I Love You) For Sentimental ReasonsThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
You Do Something To MeLee Wiley / The Nat King Cole Trio / Buddy Rich And His Orchestra1946Album
I'm In The Mood For Love / To A Wild RoseThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
The Man I LoveThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Single
You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) / Oh, But I DoThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
The Christmas Song / In The Cool Of The EveningThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
Sunny Side Of The Street / I Like To RiffNat King Cole / The Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
Sweet Georgia Brown / It Is Better To Be By YourselfThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 / Everyone Is Saying Hello Again (Why Must We Say Goodbye?)The Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
The King Cole Trio Vol. 2The Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry / I'm In The Mood For LoveThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
That's The Beginning Of The End / But She's My Buddy's ChickThe Nat King Cole Trio1946Album
Got A Penny / Let's PretendThe Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
When I Grow Too Old To Dream / Satchel-Mouth BabyBob Crosby And His V-Disc Play Boys / The Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
Any Old Time / The Glow-WormThe Nat King Cole Trio / Milt Herth And His Trio1945Album
It's Only A Paper Moon / It's A Sin To Tell A LieThe Nat King Cole Trio / Fats Waller & His Rhythm1945Album
Into Each Life / It Don't Mean A Thing / Embraceable YouElla Fitzgerald And The The Ink Spots / The Mills Brothers / The Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
Candy / Schubert's SerenadeThe Nat King Cole Trio / John Kirby And His Orchestra1945Album
When I Grow Too Old To Dream / Satchel-Mouth BabyBob Crosby And His V-Disc Play Boys / The Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
The Frim Fram Sauce / Come To Baby, Do!The Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
If You Can't Smile And Say Yes / Bring Another DrinkThe Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
Oh, Lady Be Good / If You Can’t Smile And Say Yes, Please Don’t Cry And Say NoYank Lawson And His Orchestra / The Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
I'm A Shy Guy / I Tho't You Ought To KnowThe Nat King Cole Trio1945Album
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You / I Realize NowThe Nat King Cole Trio1944Album
The King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole Trio1944Album
I Can't See For Lookin'The Nat King Cole Trio1944Album
I Realize Now / Twilight TimeThe Nat King Cole Trio / The Three Suns1944Album
Prelude In C Sharp Minor / What Is This Thing Called Love?The Nat King Cole Trio1944Album
Trav'lin' Light / All For YouPaul Whiteman And His Orchestra / The Nat King Cole Trio1944Album
My Lips Remember Your Kisses / F.S.T.The Nat King Cole Trio1944Album
F.S.T. / My Lips Remember Your KissesThe Nat King Cole Trio1943Album
Vom, Vim, Veedle / All For YouThe Nat King Cole Trio1943Album
That Ain't Right / Hit That Jive JackThe Nat King Cole Trio1942Album
Makin' Whoopee / Too Marvelous For WordsThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Nursery RhymesThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
In The BeginningThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
Lillette / JetThe Nat King Cole Trio / Nat King ColeAlbum
If I Had You / When I Take My Sugar To TeaThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
In The BeginningThe Nat King Cole TrioCompil.
Sweet Lorraine / Kee-Mo Ky-MoThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
Sweet Lorraine / Slow DownThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Little Girl / Baby, Baby All The TimeThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
In The BeginningThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
Instrumental ClassicsThe Nat King Cole TrioCompil.
Embraceable YouThe Nat King Cole TrioCompil.
Jivin' The Vibres / Jivin' With JarvisLionel Hampton And His Orchestra / Lionel Hampton And The Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Sweet Lorraine / Embraceable YouThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Capitol Presents...Nat "King" Cole And His Trio - Volume 1The Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
The Nat King Cole Trio 1949-1951The Nat King Cole Trio with Irving Ashby & Joe ComfortCompil.
A Little Bit Independent / I'll Never Say "Never Again" AgainNat King Cole And The Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Are You Fert It? / BabsThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Hit That Jack Jive / Call The PoliceThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
King Cole TrioThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
10th Anniversary Part 3Nat King Cole Featuring The Nat King Cole Trio And Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra And Pete Rugolo OrchestraSingle
Los Angeles Live Performance 1942 / 1943The Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Don't Shove, I'm Leaving / Twisted StockingsThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
It's Almost Like Being In LoveThe Nat King Cole TrioCompil.
CaravanThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
Jimmy Lunceford's Second JubileeJimmie Lunceford, The Nat King Cole Trio, Butterfly McQueen, Carmen Miranda, Lena Horne, The Golden Gate Quartet, Joe ThomasAlbum
Baby, Won't You Say You Love Me / I Almost Lost My MindThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Hooray For Esquire Jazz ConcertDuke Ellington, Woody Herman, The Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Bang Bang Boogie / It Was So Good While It LastedThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
Jivin' With Jarvis / Buckin' The BluesLionel Hampton And The Nat King Cole Trio / Esquire All American Award WinnersAlbum
10th Anniversary (Part 2)Nat King Cole Featuring The Nat King Cole TrioSingle
The Original Sounds OfNat King Cole With The The Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
My Brother / You Don't Learn That In SchoolNat King Cole ,/ The Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
Jazz ArchivesThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
LulubelleThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
This Will MakeYou Laugh / Hit The RampThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
A Little Bit Independent / I'll Never Say "Never Again" AgainThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
CaravanThe Nat King Cole TrioAlbum
After MidnightThe Nat King Cole TrioSingle
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