♫ Unforgettable ♫

This song was first released by the late, great Nat King Cole with orchestra leader and arranger Nelson Riddle in 1951.  Nat King Cole was biggest seller for Capitol Records for much of the late ’40s and early ’50s. He did a lot of work with Nelson Riddle at Capitol, but Unforgettable was the first session where Riddle got an official credit for his arrangement. The two continued to work together, with Riddle doing orchestrations for The Nat King Cole Show, a variety show Cole hosted in 1956 that was the first of its kind starring a black man. Riddle also did a lot of work with Frank Sinatra when he joined Capitol in 1953.

Nat King Cole’s daughter, Natalie, grew up in his shadow and largely made an effort to stay away from singing so she wouldn’t face the expectations of being Nat King Cole’s daughter.  Her father died just 11 days after her 15th birthday.  In 1991, forty years after the original release, Natalie Cole breathed new life into the song, dubbing her vocals with his to make a new hit.  It is the title song on her album, Unforgettable… with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole seven Grammy Awards.

Natalie Cole died on 31 December 2015 of congestive heart failure.  She was 65 years of age.

Unforgettable
Nat King Cole

Unforgettable
That’s what you are
Unforgettable
Tho’ near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more
Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay
That’s why darling it’s incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay
That’s why darling it’s incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

Songwriters: Irving Gordon
Unforgettable lyrics © Bourne Co.

12 thoughts on “♫ Unforgettable ♫

  1. The velvet voice of Nat King Cole was loved by my Parents. I can still see them dancing to Unforgettable in our living room, as they often did before leaving for their monthly night of dancing in the city. When I Fall in Love, Embraceable You, The Very Thought of You were among their favorites and became mine too. Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable…with Love took that song to new heights, I’ll always love it. Thank-you!

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    • On first reading this comment, I considered giving you one of those very small red fruits that you are partial to, but then I realized, you weren’t calling ME old, for you are precisely 4 months and 18 days OLDER than I, so you were actually opining about your own age! 😊 Joking aside, it is a nice song and they both had beautiful voices, so I’m glad you didn’t mind it. 😉
      Cwtch

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