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The Nat King Cole Show

Premier :: 1956-11-05

on NBC

Genre :: Talk Show

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In 1956, The Nat King Cole Show was a Variety Show starring African-American Nat King Cole. The show originally started as a fifteen minute show and went to become a thirty minute show. The show had no sponsors that were interested in a permanent relationship with the series. The show was sponsored by NBC.

Latest Episode

Series 3 - Episode 13 - 12/17/1957 - Last Show
Aired - 17 December 1957

Episode summary:

Songs: "When You're Smiling" (Nat and Cheerleaders), "The Party's Over" (Nat), "If I Can Help Somebody" (Billy), "A Blossom Fell" (Nat), "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" (Billy with Nat vocal/piano), "Rosetta" (Nat vocal/piano and Billy vocal/trumpet/jazzophone with Nat's combo), Memory Song: "The Christmas Song" (Nat) Note: The rather peculiar-looking instrument Billy plays on "Rosetta" is called a jazzophone, which sounds like a trombone, has valves and a mouthpiece like a brass instrument, but is shaped like a saxophone. At the close of this, Nat's last show, a crawl lists all of the guests who were featured on the program, in the order in which they appeared.

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