A Man and his Music – William Price King meets Nat King Cole – Part Three


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We continue the story of the talented and charismatic Nat King Cole and we are now into the 50s and the rising popularity of television music shows. Here is William Price King to pick up the story…

In 1953 the trio signed a deal with Capitol Records. A first hit tune “I’m Lost” helped make enough money to launch the trio and the recording company, too. Revenues from Cole’s sales played a major role in financing the Capitol Records building, which was known as “The house that Nat built.” Uploaded by Neil Arnold

The Nat King Cole Trio had the honor of playing in the very first “Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts.” The line-up of: piano, guitar, and bass became very popular and was emulated by the likes of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal, to name a few. When Nat Cole wasn’t playing with his own trio he played on sessions with Lester Young, Lionel Hampton and others, but always under the pseudonym of “Aye Guy.”

Cole’s first mainstream vocal hit was one of his own compositions –“Straighten up and fly right,” based on a black folk tale that his father used as a theme for a sermon. This recording sold over 500,000 copies. It is said that this song led the way for “rock and roll.” Uploaded by VampsRawkZH

Once again, understanding the power of radio, the trio financed their own 15 minute spot (usually paid for by Ads), called the “King Cole Trio Time.” This was a “first” for black artists. Recordings from these shows eventually became commercial records.

With success knocking at his door, Nat King Cole decided to widen his base and ultimately his popularity by doing pop-oriented songs for mainstream audiences. This was highlighted by his introducing a string orchestra into his recordings. With his luscious baritone voice he turned out hit after hit, cementing his iconic stature with “The Christmas Song,” which he recorded four times; as a pure trio, with an added string section (twice), and for a double album – The Nat King Cole Story. His hits are legion: Route 66, Nature Boy, Mona Lisa, Unforgettable, to name a few. Here is the wonderful “Mona Lisa” Uploaded by Live and Tell

In 1956 Nat King Cole went on to do TV with the Nat King Cole Show on NBC. It was a first by an African American and created lots of controversy. Unfortunately the show was taken off the air because of a lack of sponsorship, despite the appearances of such greats at the time like Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, and others. Cole quipped after the show was killed: “Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.”

Here is William’s version of the very well loved (Get your kicks on) Route 66, which became popular as “Route 66”, and is a rhythm and blues standard composed in 1946 by songwriter Bobby Troup.

The idea for the song came to Troup on a cross-country drive from Pennsylvania to California. Troup wanted to try his hand as a Hollywood songwriter, so he and his wife, Cynthia, packed up their 1941 Buick and headed west. The trip began on Highway 40 and continued along Route 66 to the California coast. Troup initially considered writing a tune about Highway 40, but Cynthia suggested the title “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” The song was composed on this ten-day journey.

The lyrics read as a mini-travelogue about the major stops along the route, listing several cities and towns that Route 66 passes through.

“Route 66” was first recorded in 1946 by Nat King Cole, whose rendition became a hit on both the U.S. R&B and pop charts. Cole would later re-record the tune in 1956 (on the album After Midnight) and in 1961 (on the album The Nat King Cole Story).

About William Price King

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William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King

Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

You can find the other artists in the previous series here:

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Next time we will move into the 60s with this iconic singer and the last few years of his life.

 

 

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William Price King in concert – “Route 66”


Today’s live performance by William Price King is of the song written in 1946 by Bobby Troup and recorded that year by Nat King Cole.. It would be covered many times in the song’s history by artists in nearly every decade including Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and more recently by Glenn Frey.

Bobby Troup and his wife were on a road trip from Pennsylvania to California where Bobby hoped to pursue the Hollywood dream as a songwriter. They packed up their car and headed west beginning on Highway 40 and then onto Route 66. Bobby originally was going to write the song about Highway 40 but it was his wife, Cynthia who suggested “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”

The song lyrics celebrate the major towns on the route including St Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Texas and Flagstaff, Arizona ending at San Bernadino, California.

Although Bobby Troup would write songs for a number of artists, his own recording career was less successful. He did however act on the small screen and was known as his role as Dr. Jo Early in the 1970s hit show ‘Emergency’.

Here is William performing ‘Route 66’

Additional sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Troup
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_66_%28song%29

William Price King

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William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.

LINKS
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find William’s performances that we feature each Wednesday in the following link
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-in-concert/

And the previous posts on the life and music of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald here..
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king/

Part three of the Ella Fitzgerald story is this Saturday.

 

A Man and His Music – William Price King meets Nat King Cole Part Three


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We continue the story of the talented and charismatic Nat King Cole and we are now into the 50s and the rising popularity of television music shows. Here is William Price King to pick up the story…

In 1953 the trio signed a deal with Capitol Records. A first hit tune “I’m Lost” helped make enough money to launch the trio and the recording company, too. Revenues from Cole’s sales played a major role in financing the Capitol Records building, which was known as “The house that Nat built.”

The Nat King Cole Trio had the honor of playing in the very first “Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts.” The line-up of: piano, guitar, and bass became very popular and was emulated by the likes of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal, to name a few. When Nat Cole wasn’t playing with his own trio he played on sessions with Lester Young, Lionel Hampton and others, but always under the pseudonym of “Aye Guy.”

Cole’s first mainstream vocal hit was one of his own compositions – “Straighten up and fly right,” based on a black folk tale that his father used as a theme for a sermon. This recording sold over 500,000 copies. It is said that this song led the way for “rock and roll.”

Once again, understanding the power of radio, the trio financed their own 15 minute spot (usually paid for by Ads), called the “King Cole Trio Time.” This was a “first” for black artists. Recordings from these shows eventually became commercial rerecords.

With success knocking at his door, Nat King Cole decided to widen his base and ultimately his popularity by doing pop-oriented songs for mainstream audiences. This was highlighted by his introducing a string orchestra into his recordings. With his luscious baritone voice he turned out hit after hit, cementing his iconic stature with “The Christmas Song,” which he recorded four times; as a pure trio, with an added string section (twice), and for a double album – The Nat King Cole Story. His hits are legion: Route 66, Nature Boy, Mona Lisa, Unforgettable, to name a few. Here is the wondeful “Mona Lisa”

In 1956 Nat King Cole went on to do TV with the Nat King Cole Show on NBC. It was a first by an African American and created lots of controversy. Unfortunately the show was taken off the air because of a lack of sponsorship, despite the appearances of such greats at the time like Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, and others. Cole quipped after the show was killed: “Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.”

Price et Eric au Studio Marilyn

I have just recorded some videos titled ‘Remembering Nat King Cole’ and here is my version of the very well loved (Get your kicks on) Route 66, which became popular as “Route 66”, and is a rhythm and blues standard composed in 1946 by songwriter Bobby Troup.

The idea for the song came to Troup on a cross-country drive from Pennsylvania to California. Troup wanted to try his hand as a Hollywood songwriter, so he and his wife, Cynthia, packed up their 1941 Buick and headed west. The trip began on Highway 40 and continued along Route 66 to the California coast. Troup initially considered writing a tune about Highway 40, but Cynthia suggested the title “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” The song was composed on this ten-day journey.

The lyrics read as a mini-travelogue about the major stops along the route, listing several cities and towns that Route 66 passes through.

“Route 66” was first recorded in 1946 by Nat King Cole, whose rendition became a hit on both the U.S. R&B and pop charts. Cole would later re-record the tune in 1956 (on the album After Midnight) and in 1961 (on the album The Nat King Cole Story).

Route 66

Next time we will move into the 60s with this iconic singer and the last few years of his life.

William Price King – Jazz composer, musician and singer.

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.

LINKS
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

Sources and Album Cover
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_King_Cole
http://www.biography.com/people/nat-king-cole-9253026#synopsis

 The other two episodes of this series are in the following directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king/