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The Early Years (1936-1943)

by Jordan Taylor & G.E. Hewitt

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Nat King Cole
Introduction

This section includes all of Cole's commercial recordings prior to the start of his tenure with Capitol Records in late 1943. In addition to Nat's one-off 1936 Decca session with his older brother Eddie, Cole, together with his trio, also recorded for Decca (1940-1941), Excelsior (1943), and Premier (1943) during this period. A handful of sessions also found Cole—sometimes in the company of his trio—partnering with jazz heavyweights such as Lionel Hampton (1940), Lester Young (1942), and Dexter Gordon (1943). In all, over the course of 12 sessions, Cole produced 52 extant commercial recordings during these years. (Photo: the original King Cole Trio—Wesley Prince, Nat Cole, and Oscar Moore—in Chicago, March 1941.)


Date: July 28, 1936
Location: Chicago
Label: Decca

Eddie Cole (v, b), Tommy Thompson (as), Bill Wright (ts), Kenneth Roane (t), Nat Cole (p), Jimmy Adams (d)

a. 90806-Aalt Honey Hush - 2:51(Nat Cole)
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
b. 90806-B Honey Hush - 2:47(Nat Cole)
Decca 787210 — Thunder / Honey Hush   (1936)
c. 90809-A Thunder - 2:41(Nat Cole)
Decca 787210 — Thunder / Honey Hush   (1936)
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
d. 90807-A Stompin' At The Panama (Skoller's Shuffle) - 2:53(Nat Cole)
Decca 787215 — Bedtime (Sleepy Moan) / Stompin' At The Panama (Skoller's Shuffle)   (1936)
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
e. 90808-A Bedtime (Sleepy Moan) - 2:47(Nat Cole)
Decca 787215 — Bedtime (Sleepy Moan) / Stompin' At The Panama (Skoller's Shuffle)   (1936)
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
All titles on:
MCA/GRP CDGRD-662 — Hit That Jive, Jack   (1996)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Label Credit

The group was credited as "Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers" on the original issues.

Song Titles

The song titles are as they appeared on the original Decca 78s. Later LP and CD issues typically use “Stompin’ At The Panama” and “(Bedtime) Sleep, Baby, Sleep".


Date: May 10, 1940
Location: Hollywood
Label: Victor

Harry Meyerson (pro), Helen Forrest (v), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d), Nat Cole (p), Oscar Moore (g), Wesley Prince (b), Al Spieldock (d)

a. PBS049674-1 House Of Morgan - 3:08(Lionel Hampton)
Victor 7826751 — House Of Morgan / I'd Be Lost Without You   (1940)
RCA LP 10"LPT 3 — Small Combo Hits   (1951)
La Voix De Son Maître (FR) LP 10"FOLP 8003 — Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra   (1954)
Jazztone LP 12"J 1246 — Lionel Hampton's All Star Groups   (1956)
b. PBS049675-1 I'd Be Lost Without You - 2:57(Lionel Hampton, Tommy Southern)
Victor 7826751 — House Of Morgan / I'd Be Lost Without You   (1940)
RCA Victor LP 12"LPM 6702 — Ten Great Bands   (1955)
c. PBS049676-1 Central Avenue Breakdown - 3:00(Lionel Hampton)
Victor 7826652 — Jack The Bellboy / Central Avenue Breakdown   (1940)
La Voix De Son Maître (FR) LP 10"FOLP 8003 — Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra   (1954)
RCA Victor LP 12"LPM 2318 — Swing Classics   (1961)
d. PBS049677-1 Jack The Bellboy - 2:50(Lionel Hampton)
Victor 7826652 — Jack The Bellboy / Central Avenue Breakdown   (1940)
RCA Victor LP 12"LPM 2318 — Swing Classics   (1961)
All titles on:
RCA LP 12"RA 90 - 95 (JPM6-8272) — All-Star Sessions   (1975)
Bluebird CD07863-66039-2 — Tempo And Swing (The All-Star Groups Volume 3 - 1939-40)   (1992)
Mosaic CD BoxMD5-238 — The Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941   (2007)

Helen Forrest (v) on b; Lionel Hampton (vib) on a-b, (p) on c, (d) on d; Al Spieldock (d) on a-c.


Date: July 17, 1940
Location: Hollywood
Label: Victor

Harry Meyerson (pro), Nat Cole (v, p), Helen Forrest (v), Lionel Hampton (v, vib), Oscar Moore (v, g), Wesley Prince (b), Al Spieldock (d)

a. PBS049932-1 Dough-Ra-Me - 3:04(Lionel Hampton, Nat Cole, Tommy Southern)
Victor 7826696 — Dough-Ra-Me / I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You   (1940)
Jazztone LP 12"J 1246 — Lionel Hampton's All Star Groups   (1956)
Bluebird CD07863-66039-2 — Tempo And Swing (The All-Star Groups Volume 3 - 1939-40)   (1992)
b. PBS049932-2alt Dough-Ra-Me - 2:57(Lionel Hampton, Nat Cole, Tommy Southern)
c. PBS049933-1 Jivin' With Jarvis - 2:36(Lionel Hampton)
RCA Victor 78 AlbumHJ 10 — Esquire's All American Hot Jazz, Volume 2   (1947)
Jazztone LP 12"J 1246 — Lionel Hampton's All Star Groups   (1956)
RCA Victor LP 12"LPM 2318 — Swing Classics   (1961)
Bluebird CD07863-66039-2 — Tempo And Swing (The All-Star Groups Volume 3 - 1939-40)   (1992)
d. PBS049934-1 Blue Because Of You - 2:55(Charlie Carpenter, Louis Dunlap, Quinn Wilson)
RCA Camden LP 12"CAL 517 — Open House   (1959)
Bluebird CD07863-66039-2 — Tempo And Swing (The All-Star Groups Volume 3 - 1939-40)   (1992)
e. PBS049935-1 I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance - 2:53(Victor Young, Ned Washington, Bing Crosby)
Victor 7826696 — Dough-Ra-Me / I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You   (1940)
RCA Victor LP 12"LPM 6702 — Ten Great Bands   (1955)
All titles on:
RCA LP 12"RA 90 - 95 (JPM6-8272) — All-Star Sessions   (1975)
Mosaic CD BoxMD5-238 — The Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941   (2007)

Nat Cole (v) on a-c; Helen Forrest (v) on e; Lionel Hampton (v) on c; Oscar Moore (v) on a-c.


Date: December 6, 1940
Location: Decca Studios, 5505 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Decca

Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (v, g), Wesley Prince (v, b), Johnny Moore (g)

a. DLA 2255A Sweet Lorraine - 2:50(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
Decca 788520 — Sweet Lorraine / This Side Up   (1941)
Brunswick 7880129 — Sweet Lorraine / Slow Down   (1949)
MCA/GRP CDGRD-662 — Hit That Jive, Jack   (1996)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
b. DLA 2255Balt Sweet Lorraine - 2:53(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
MCA CDMCAD-42350 — Hit That Jive, Jack/The Earliest Recordings (1940-1941)   (1990)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. DLA 2256A Honeysuckle Rose - 2:28(Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf)
Decca 788535 — Honeysuckle Rose / Gone With The Draft   (1941)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
d. DLA 2257A Gone With The Draft - 2:38(Earl Dramin, Wesley Prince, Nat Cole)
Decca 788535 — Honeysuckle Rose / Gone With The Draft   (1941)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
MCA CDMCAD-42350 — Hit That Jive, Jack/The Earliest Recordings (1940-1941)   (1990)
e. DLA 2257Balt Gone With The Draft - 2:39(Earl Dramin, Wesley Prince, Nat Cole)
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
MCA/GRP CDGRD-662 — Hit That Jive, Jack   (1996)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
f. DLA 2258A This Side Up - 2:44(Nat Cole)
Decca 788520 — Sweet Lorraine / This Side Up   (1941)
Decca 7825108 — This Will Make You Laugh / This Side Up   (1947)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
All titles on:
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Nat Cole (v) on a-b, d-e, (p) on a-b, d-e; Oscar Moore (v) on d-e, (g) on a-b, d-e; Wesley Prince (v) on d-e, (b) on a-b, d-e.

Location

The location that is given is tentative, but considering the February 1940 session was likely held there it seems plausible that this date for Decca also took place at that same studio.

Personnel

A second guitarist (playing rhythm) is audible during Oscar Moore’s solos. Though Klaus Teubig does not identify this mystery guitarist, in his Decca Discography Michel Ruppli claims this is Johnny Moore, Oscar’s brother. Guitarist—and Oscar Moore authority—Nick Rossi also believes this is likely Johnny Moore.


Date: March 14, 1941
Location: Decca Studios, Chicago
Label: Decca

Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (v, g), Wesley Prince (v, b)

a. C93596-A Babs - 2:20(Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young)
Decca 788541 — Babs / Early Morning Blues   (1941)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
b. C93597-A Scotchin' With The Soda - 2:26(W. Jack Riley)
Decca 788556 — Slow Down / Scotchin' With The Soda   (1941)
Decca 7825109 — That Ain't Right / Scotchin' With The Soda   (1947)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. C93598-A Slow Down - 3:06(Redd Evans)
Decca 788556 — Slow Down / Scotchin' With The Soda   (1941)
Brunswick 7880129 — Sweet Lorraine / Slow Down   (1949)
d. C93599-A Early Morning Blues - 2:40(Nat Cole)
Decca 788541 — Babs / Early Morning Blues   (1941)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
All titles on:
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
MCA CDMCAD-42350 — Hit That Jive, Jack/The Earliest Recordings (1940-1941)   (1990)
MCA/GRP CDGRD-662 — Hit That Jive, Jack   (1996)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Nat Cole (v) on a-c; Oscar Moore (v) on a-b; Wesley Prince (v) on a-b.


Date: July 16, 1941
Location: Decca Studios, 50 W. 57th Street , New York
Label: Decca

Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (v, g), Wesley Prince (v, b), Al Spieldock (d)

a. 69504-A This Will Make You Laugh - 3:10(Irene Higginbotham)
Decca 788571 — Hit The Ramp / This Will Make You Laugh   (1941)
Decca 7825108 — This Will Make You Laugh / This Side Up   (1947)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
b. 69505-A Stop! The Red Light's On - 2:32(Joseph 'Taps' Miller)
Decca 788592 — Stop! The Red Light's On / I Like To Riff   (1941)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
c. 69506-A Hit The Ramp - 3:14(Nat Cole, Oscar Moore)
Decca 788571 — Hit The Ramp / This Will Make You Laugh   (1941)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
d. 69507-A I Like To Riff - 2:40(Nat Cole)
Decca 788592 — Stop! The Red Light's On / I Like To Riff   (1941)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
All titles on:
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
MCA CDMCAD-42350 — Hit That Jive, Jack/The Earliest Recordings (1940-1941)   (1990)
MCA/GRP CDGRD-662 — Hit That Jive, Jack   (1996)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Nat Cole (v) on a-b, d; Oscar Moore (v) on a-b, d; Wesley Prince (v) on b, d; Al Spieldock (d) on b-d.

Master Numbers

There is some disagreement in various sources regarding this session’s master numbers, which may be little more than a typo that has been repeated. Teubig, among others, lists the numbers as they are shown here. Other sources say 60504-60507.

Location

Studio location is tentative.

Personnel

Possibly produced by Milt Gabler.


Date: October 22, 1941
Location: Decca Studios, 50 W. 57th Street , New York
Label: Decca

Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (v, g), Wesley Prince (v, b)

a. 69850-A Call The Police - 3:05(Nat Cole)
Decca 788604 — Call The Police / Are You Fer It?   (1942)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
b. 69851-A Are You Fer It? - 3:04(Nat Cole, Craig Lee)
Decca 788604 — Call The Police / Are You Fer It?   (1942)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
c. 69852-A That Ain't Right - 3:10(Nat Cole)
Decca 788630 — That Ain't Right / Hit That Jive, Jack!   (1942)
Decca 7825109 — That Ain't Right / Scotchin' With The Soda   (1947)
Decca LP 12"DL 8260 — In The Beginning   (1956)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
d. 69853-A Hit That Jive, Jack! - 2:53(Cambell 'Skeets' Tolbert, John Alston)
Decca 788630 — That Ain't Right / Hit That Jive, Jack!   (1942)
All titles on:
MCA LP 12"MCA2 420 — From The Very Beginning   (1973)
MCA CDMCAD-42350 — Hit That Jive, Jack/The Earliest Recordings (1940-1941)   (1990)
MCA/GRP CDGRD-662 — Hit That Jive, Jack   (1996)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Oscar Moore (v) on a-b, d; Wesley Prince (v) on a-b, d.

Location & Personnel

See notes from previous session.


Date: July 15, 1942
Location: Wallichs Music City, Sunset and Vine Streets, Hollywood
Label: Philo

Lester Young (ts), Nat Cole (p), Red Callender (b)

a. Van 1000 Indiana - 4:47(James F. Hanley, Ballard MacDonald)
b. Van 1001 I Can't Get Started - 4:46(Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
c. Van 1002 Tea For Two - 4:40(Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar)
d. Van 1003 Body And Soul - 5:03(Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
All titles on:
Philo 78 AlbumP-1 — Lester Young Trio   (1945)
Aladdin LP 10"705 — Lester Young Trio   (1953)
Score LP 12"SLP 4019 — The King Cole Trio With Lester Young And Red Callender   (1958)

Philo Catalog Numbers

The original Philo album release was a 78 album featuring all four sides. Each record was given its own catalog number:

P1000: “Body And Soul” / “Indiana”
P1001: “Tea For Two” / “I Can’t Get Started


Date: October 11, 1942
Location: C.P. MacGregor Studios, 729 S. Western Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Excelsior

Robert Scherman (pro), Nat Cole (v, p), Johnny Miller (v, b), Oscar Moore (v, g)

a. RR 8113-C Vom, Vim, Veedle - 2:57(Robert Scherman, A. Jaxon)
b. RR 8114-C All For You - 3:22(Robert Scherman)
Capitol Jazz CDCDP 7243 8 33571 2 3 — The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1942-46)   (1995)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
Both titles on:
Excelsior 7800102/00103 — Vom, Vim, Veedle / All For You   (1942)
Capitol 78139 — All For You / Vom, Vim, Veedle   (1943)
Tampa 45TP-134 — All For You / Vom, Vim, Veedle   (1957)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Oscar Moore (v) on a.

Master Numbers

The master numbers listed here are as they appear in Ruppli’s Capitol Label discography and the Mosaic discography. However, there are several variations that appear on numerous pressings, including:

The original Excelsior 78 labels:

RR-8113-G-RE
RR-8114-G-RE

The original Capitol 78 labels:

RR-8113
RR-8114

On February 16, 1953, Capitol assigned new master numbers to each title, 11133 & 11134, respectively.

Personnel

Red Callender has traditionally been credited as the bassist on this session. Indeed, in his autobiography, Callender mentions one Excelsior sessions, which may factor in to the attribution. However, it now appears less likely that Callender participated, as he was then probably still appearing in New York with the Lee and Lester Young at Cafe Society.

Furthermore, Down Beat, in its September 15, 1942 issue, mentions that Johnny Miller will soon be taking over in the trio for Wesley Prince. Miller seems much more plausible at this point and will be credited here.


Date: March 1, 1943
Location: C.P. MacGregor Studios, 729 S. Western Avenue, Hollywood
Label: Excelsior

Leon Rene (pro), Nat Cole (v, p), Johnny Miller (v, b), Oscar Moore (v, g)

a. AMO-2961 Let's Spring One - 2:39(Otis René)
Excelsior 78MC 106/SC 107 — Beautiful Moons Ago / Let's Spring One   (1944)
Savoy Jazz CDZDS 1205 — Nat King Cole and The King Cole Trio   (1989)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. AMO-2962 Beautiful Moons Ago - 2:22(Oscar Moore, Nat Cole)
Excelsior 78MC 106/SC 107 — Beautiful Moons Ago / Let's Spring One   (1944)
Savoy Jazz CDZDS 1205 — Nat King Cole and The King Cole Trio   (1989)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
c. AMO-2962alt Beautiful Moons Ago - 3:33(Oscar Moore, Nat Cole)
d. AMO-2963 Pitchin' Up A Boogie - 3:07(Nat Cole)
Excelsior 7800105/00104 — I'm Lost / Pitchin' Up A Boogie   (1944)
Excelsior 78LC 105/BC 104 — I'm Lost / Pitchin' Up A Boogie   (1944)
Savoy Jazz CDZDS 1205 — Nat King Cole and The King Cole Trio   (1989)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. AMO-2966 I'm Lost - 3:06(Otis René)
Excelsior 7800105/00104 — I'm Lost / Pitchin' Up A Boogie   (1944)
Excelsior 78LC 105/BC 104 — I'm Lost / Pitchin' Up A Boogie   (1944)
Savoy Jazz CDZDS 1205 — Nat King Cole and The King Cole Trio   (1989)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
LaserLight CD Box15 915 — Nat King Cole – The Trio Recordings   (1991)
Capitol CD Box72435-92055-2-6 — The Classic Singles   (2003)
All titles on:
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Johnny Miller (v) on a, d; Oscar Moore (v) on a, d.

Master Numbers

Original Excelsior pressings used the master numbers AMO-2961, AMO 2963, and AMO 2966 (it’s not known what the original matrix number for “Beautiful Moons” was, but it may well have been AMO 2962). However, later pressings replaced these with BC-104 (Boogie), LC-105 (Lost), MC-106 (Moons), and SC-107 (Spring).

Composers

Most issues, including the original Excelsior discs, credit only Oscar Moore for “Beautiful Moons Ago”. However, the tune’s copyright registration of December 4, 1942 lists Moore (music) and Cole (words).

While most sources suggest that Cole alone wrote “Pitchin’ Up A Boogie”, others suggest that he co-wrote it along with Cab Calloway and Buster Harding. ASCAP lists all three.

Similarly, Otis René is often credited as the sole composer of “Let’s Spring One”. However, Charles Daniels often receives co-credit, as he does on a Parlophone 78 and in Teubig.

Location

Ruppli gives Radio Recorders as this session’s studio. Though this may be correct, I have opted to go with MacGregor, as that was where the majority of Cole’s sessions occurred during this period.


Date: Summer 1943
Location: Los Angeles
Label: Mercury

Norman Granz (pro), Nat Cole (v), Dexter Gordon (ts), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (t), Red Callender or Johnny Miller (b), Clifford 'Juicy' Owens (d)

a. 1892 I've Found A New Baby - 4:39(Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams)
Mercury 788900-12 — I Found A New Baby / Rosetta   (1948)
Mercury 7815003 — I Found A New Baby / Sweet Lorraine   (1948)
b. 1893 Rosetta - 5:07(Earl Hines, Henri Woode)
c. 1894 Sweet Lorraine - 4:54(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
Mercury 7815003 — I Found A New Baby / Sweet Lorraine   (1948)
d. 1895 I Blowed And Gone - 4:42(Harry 'Sweets' Edison)
All titles on:
Spotlite LP 12"LP 5 — Nat Cole Meets The Master Saxes   (1974)
Verve CD314 521 650-2 — Lester Young Trio   (1994)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Label Credit

Original issues credit the "Dexter Gordon Quintet".

Personnel

Most discographies list the bassist as “probably Red Callender or Johnny Miller”. While Miller was performing with the trio by then, Callender was participating in Jam sessions with Cole—and organized by Granz—during this time at the 331 Club, so the case could be made for either man.

Date

The exact date of this session is unknown. Most sources say either the summer of 1943 or the following summer. Others suggest late 1943. Cole discographer Klaus Teubig places this session in June-July 1943. The date I have selected — Summer 1943 — is purely speculative, but I feel it’s as likely as any other given Cole’s activities and whereabouts at the time.

Master Numbers

Master numbers were assigned when some of the sides were released on Mercury Records in 1948.

Location

The studio location is also unknown. As with the earlier Granz produced session with Lester Young, Red Callender, and Cole, this may also have been recorded at Music City.

Additional Issues

Ruppli’s Mercury discography lists 15004 as featuring “I Blowed And Gone” / “Rosetta”, but I can find not record of this release. Similarly, several sources indicate that Mercury 8900 was also released on Clef.


Date: November 2, 1943
Location: NBC Studios, Hollywood
Label: Premier

Robert Scherman (pro), Nat Cole (v, p), Johnny Miller (v, b), Oscar Moore (v, g)

a. IA-2078 F. S. T. (Fine, Sweet & Tasty) - 3:02(Nat Cole)
Premier 78KC 100 — My Lips Remember Your Kisses / F. S. T (Fine, Sweet & Tasty)    (1944)
Atlas 78KC 100 — My Lips Remember Your Kisses / F. S. T (Fine, Sweet & Tasty)    (1945)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
b. IA-2079 My Lips Remember Your Kisses - 3:03(Robert Scherman, Ben Siegel, Henry May)
Premier 78KC 100 — My Lips Remember Your Kisses / F. S. T (Fine, Sweet & Tasty)    (1944)
Atlas 78KC 100 — My Lips Remember Your Kisses / F. S. T (Fine, Sweet & Tasty)    (1945)
c. IA-2079alt My Lips Remember Your Kisses - 3:05(Robert Scherman, Ben Siegel, Henry May)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
d. IA-2080 Got A Penny - 2:32(Robert Scherman, Henry May)
Premier 78KC 102 — Got A Penny   (1944)
Premier 78KC 103/ KC 105 — Got A Penny / Let's Pretend   (1944)
Atlas 78KC 106 — Got A Penny / Let's Pretend   (1945)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
e. IA-2081 Let's Pretend - 3:12(Robert Scherman)
Premier 78KC 103/ KC 105 — Got A Penny / Let's Pretend   (1944)
Atlas 78KC 106 — Got A Penny / Let's Pretend   (1945)
Mosaic LP/CD Box138 — The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio   (1991)
Universal CD/DVD Box 0600753597767 (EU) — Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography   (2015)
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Resonance LP/CD BoxHLP 9042/HCD 2042 — Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)   (2019)

Robert Scherman (pro) on a-b, d-e; Nat Cole (v) on b, d-e, (p) on a-b, d-e; Johnny Miller (v) on d, (b) on a-b, d-e; Oscar Moore (v) on d, (g) on a-b, d-e.

Location

NBC as the location comes from Teubig, though that cannot be confirmed at this time and should be considered speculative.

Master Numbers

Appearing in the wax of the Premier 78 release, master number 2101 was used for “My Lips Remember Your Kisses” when the records were reissued on Atlas.

Non-Cole Flip Sides

The A-side of Premier release KC 102 is “Don’t You Notice Anything New”, by Don Swan and His Music.

Premier 103/105

While apparently all sources say that “Got A Penny” and “Let’s Pretend” were both on Premier 103, “Let’s Pretend” was actually assigned 105, though it was on the flip side of “Penny” (103).


Sessions Reported: 12

Performances Reported: 52

Unique Songs Reported: 45

Unique Issues Reported: 59