The Nat King Cole Trio

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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
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Albums

The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio album art The King Cole Trio* The King Cole Trio (Album, EP) Capitol Records US 1944 Sell This Version
BD-29 The Nat King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio Vol. 2 album art The King Cole Trio* The King Cole Trio Vol. 2(4xShellac, 10", Album) Capitol Records BD-29 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 The Nat King Cole Trio King Cole And His Trio, Vol. 4 (Album, Comp, EP, MiniAlbum) Capitol Records US 1949 Sell This Version
The Nat King Cole Trio - Nat King Cole And His Trio Vol 2 album art Nat ''King'' Cole And His Trio* Nat King Cole And His Trio Vol 2 (Album) Capitol Records UK 1954 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
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
The Nat King Cole Trio - Vocal Classics & Instrumental Classics album art The King Cole Trio* Vocal Classics & Instrumental Classics (Album, Comp) Capitol Records Japan 1990 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
EXL 2456 The Nat King Cole Trio - Memories Of Nat King Cole album art The Original Nat King Cole Trio* Memories Of Nat King Cole(CD, Album, RM) Excelsior EXL 2456 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
20372 The Nat King Cole Trio - This Will Make You Laugh album art The Nat King Cole Trio This Will Make You Laugh(CD) Newsound 2000 Limited, Sterling Entertainment Group 20372 US 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
CLP-0774-2 The Nat King Cole Trio - Golden Years 1943-1946 album art Nat King Cole And The King Cole Trio* Golden Years 1943-1946(CD, RM) Stardust Records (7) CLP-0774-2 US 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
EFVEi-015 The Nat King Cole Trio - Hit That Jive, Jack album art The Nat King Cole Trio Hit That Jive, Jack(CD, RE) Folio EFVEi-015 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
HEP CD 91 The Nat King Cole Trio - The Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall Concert album art Nat King Cole And His Trio* The Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall Concert(CD, Album, Mono) Hep Records (3) HEP CD 91 UK 2010 Sell This Version
TCB 02432 The Nat King Cole Trio - Zurich 1950 album art Nat King Cole Trio* Zurich 1950(CD, Album) TCB Records (2) TCB 02432 Switzerland 2017 Sell This Version

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