“Sweet Lorraine” September 17, 2007Posted by Jeff in Jazz, Music, Nat King Cole.
When he was still in his teens, he formed a jazz trio of himself on piano with a guitarist and bassist. (There was originally a drummer, but when he didn’t show for their first gig Nat decided they didn’t need him.)
The story goes that one night at a nightclub, a drunk patron demanded that he sing “Sweet Lorraine”. He refused — he was, after all, a piano player, not a singer. The patron complained to the manager who threatened to fire the trio if he didn’t sing. So, sing he did. In 1940, it was his first hit.
Jazz aficionados will tell you Nat “King” Cole (1919-1965) was a better pianist than he was a singer. And he was, of course, a very good singer.
From his 1950s TV show, Nat “King” Cole sings “Sweet Lorraine” (music by Cliff Burwell, lyrics by Mitchell Parish), accompanied by Oscar Peterson on piano, Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, Ray Brown on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar.