Kris’s Blog: Sending our love to The King

Happy Valentines to all the lovers out there! I trust you’ve all been suitably romanced, and that no one got into too much trouble.(There’s always next year, right?!)

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Love plays a big role in our band, serenading newlyweds, playing anniversary parties where families are reunited from far and wide, and sharing our romantic lattes together at 3am lost somewhere on the M25.

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Being that Valentines is the season of love, I thought it relevant to remember him who gave us one of the best-known love songs of the past century, Nat King Cole. Today, February 15th, marks 51 years since we lost The King… however over half a century later Nat King Cole is still in the hearts of us all; whether we know it or not.

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Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Cole in 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, and was a composer, singer, lyricist, television presenter, and leading jazz pianist. The King was also one of the first African Americans to host a national television show, The Nat King Cole Show, and was a prominent figure in popular music for three decades. Many of his recorded works are still of high popularity today with songs to his name such as Smile, L-O-V-E, Unforgettable, and The Christmas Song – which still receives a high amount of airplay each holiday season. Trust me, you know The King even if you don’t know – “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”

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L-O-V-E is undoubtedly one of the most well known love songs ofour time. The nature of songs being popularized through the 1940’s to 1960’s means that today we’re left with lots of cover versions, and the original artists can become lost in translation. More recent versions of L-O-V-E have ben released by the likes of Joss Stone and Michael Bublé to name a few, but one thing’s for certain; there’s only one King. Valentines is all about love, so here’s us sending our love, and remembering a legend.

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“Oh, my darling, it’s incredible that someone so unforgettable should think that I am unforgettable too.” – Nat King Cole