- Bonus tracks
- Clips with special guests: Sammy Davis Jr., Oscar Peterson, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mercer and Ella Fitzgerald
- Scenes from Fritz Lang's "The Blue Gardenia" and Leslie Kardozs' "Small Town Girl"
- Subtitles: Spanish, French
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Mvd Visual
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
This outstanding DVD gives an in-depth view into the life and music of one of the most charismatic and influential performers in the history of American popular music, the legendary Nat "King" Cole. Cole reshaped popular music while setting the stage for all future African American artists, becoming the first black face to be known across the whole of America. While other performers such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald had already paved the way for black entertainers in white America, Cole consolidated their advances, while breaking the previously accepted behavioral stereotypes of black artists.
Through video and television clips, and rare early photos, this DVD uncovers the life of one of America's leading cultural icons, documenting Cole's struggles and successes from his early childhood in Alabama to his transformation into America's best loved performer. Also included are countless bonus clips of such classic hits as "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "A Christmas Song," "Route 66," "Paper Moon," "Sweet Lorraine," and "For Sentimental Reasons," taken from Cole's live concert, television, and movie performances, as well as collaborations with outstanding artists like Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ertha Kitt and Johnny Mercer, to name a few.
This documentary traces the life of one of America's most celebrated and well-loved performers, whose personal history intersects with and reflects the nation's. Told through vintage video and television clips and rare photographs, the film follows the trajectory of Nat King Cole's life, beginning with his humble beginnings in Montgomery, Alabama, the heart of the segregated south. Cole began his musical career early, forming a jazz sextet with his brother Eddie, and went on to lead his own swing jazz band, the King Cole Trio. His transition to pop met with some dismay from die-hard jazz fans, but with his rich voice and warm humor Cole's pop acumen could hardly be denied. The height of Nat King Cole's popularity coincided with the Civil Rights Movement, which placed him in the midst of controversy once again with both sides taking issue with his behavior. His decisions to sue all-white hotels which excluded him, and to move his family to a predominantly white LA neighborhood, met with outrage from racists, while activists accused him of not doing enough to further their cause. Despite these setbacks, however, he became one of the most successful pop musicians of his generation, second only to Frank Sinatra, due to his smooth, refined sound and personable style.
The film includes clips from collaborations with numerous top performers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Sammy Davis Jr., and Harry Belafonte. Cole performs many hits of his own, including "Sweet Lorraine," "Paper Moon," "Nature Boy," "For Sentimental Reasons," "Mona Lisa," "Route 66," and many others.
- 1.Blue Gardenia [From Fritz Lang's "The Blue Gardenia"]
- 2.My Flaming Heart [From Leslie Kardos' "Small Town Girl"]
- 3.With Sammy Davis Jr. [Clip]
- 4.With Oscar Peterson [Clip]
- 5.With Harry Belafonte [Clip]
- 6.With Johnny Mercer [Clip]
- 7.With Ella Fitzgerald [Clip]
Easy Listening |
Jazz Legends |
Jazz Vocal |
Music (General) |
Pop / Rock