The Nat King Cole Trio

Profile:
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:
Variations:

Albums

The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio album art The King Cole Trio* The King Cole Trio (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1944 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Vol. 2 album art The King Cole Trio* The King Cole Trio Vol. 2 (Album, Comp) Capitol Records US 1946 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - Volume 3 album art King Cole Trio* Volume 3 (Album, EP) Capitol Records US 1947 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - King Cole For Kids album art The King Cole Trio* King Cole For Kids (Album) Capitol Records US 1948 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - Harvest Of Hits album art Nat King Cole And His Trio* Harvest Of Hits (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Capitol Records Canada 1950 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - King Cole And His Trio, Vol. 4 album art King Cole Trio* King Cole And His Trio, Vol. 4 (Album, Comp, EP) Capitol Records US 1949 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - 10th Anniversary Album album art Nat King Cole, The Nat King Cole Trio Nat King Cole, The Nat King Cole Trio - 10th Anniversary Album (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1955 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - Vocal Classics album art The King Cole Trio* Vocal Classics (Album, Comp) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - After Midnight album art Nat 'King' Cole And His Trio* After Midnight (Album, EP) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1956 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - Original Vocal And Instrumental Recordings Of The Easy Listenin' Favorites album art The Nat King Cole Trio Original Vocal And Instrumental Recordings Of The Easy Listenin' Favorites (Album) Capitol Records US 1965 Sell This Version
STL 348 The Nat King Cole Trio - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1944-1945: The Golden Age Of Network Radio album art Billy May, Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra, The Nat King Cole Trio Billy May, Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra, The Nat King Cole Trio - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1944-1945: The Golden Age Of Network Radio(3xLP, Comp + Box) Time Life Records, Capitol Records STL 348 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio album art The Nat King Cole Trio The King Cole Trio (Album) World Record Club, World Record Club Australia 1977 Sell This Version
GOJ-1013 The Nat King Cole Trio - The Forgotten Years album art King Cole Trio* The Forgotten Years(LP, Album, Ltd) Giants Of Jazz Records GOJ-1013 US 1979 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - In The Cool Of The Evening album art The Nat King Cole Trio In The Cool Of The Evening (Album) Official (3) Denmark 1989 Sell This Version
DCD-749 The Nat King Cole Trio - Selection of Nat King Cole Trio album art The Nat King Cole Trio Selection of Nat King Cole Trio(2xCD, Dlx) Gold Sound DCD-749 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CD 53147 The Nat King Cole Trio - Nat King Cole Trio 1945-1946 album art Nat King Cole Trio* With Oscar Moore & Johnny Miller (2) Nat King Cole Trio* With Oscar Moore & Johnny Miller (2) - Nat King Cole Trio 1945-1946(CD, Album) Giants Of Jazz CD 53147 1997 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - Memories Of Nat King Cole album art The Original Nat King Cole Trio* Memories Of Nat King Cole (Album) Excelsior US 1998 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - Live At The Circle Room album art Nat King Cole Trio* Live At The Circle Room (Album) Capitol Jazz Spain 1999 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 1 1938 album art Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 1 1938 Naxos Jazz Legends Europe 2000 Sell This Version
CD 53358 The Nat King Cole Trio - Nat King Cole Trio with Jack Costanzo album art Nat King Cole Trio* with Jack Costanzo Nat King Cole Trio* with Jack Costanzo - Nat King Cole Trio with Jack Costanzo(CD, Album) Giants Of Jazz CD 53358 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
8.120521 The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 2: 1939 album art Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 2: 1939(CD, RM) Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120521 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
8.120629 The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 3: 1939 album art Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 3: 1939(CD, RM) Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120629 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
8.120685 The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 4: 1939-1940 album art Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 4: 1939-1940(CD, RM) Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120685 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
8.120727 The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 6: 1941-43 album art Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 6: 1941-43(CD, RM) Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120727 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
8.120705 The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 5: 1940 album art Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* Nat King Cole, The King Cole Trio* - The King Cole Trio Transcriptions Vol. 5: 1940(CD, RM) Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120705 Europe 2004 Sell This Version

Videos (102) Edit