Celebrate ‘The Magic of Christmas‘ With the Late Nat King Cole
The late Nat King Cole was a legendary singer and songwriter and jazz pianist who rose to fame because of his soft baritone voice and smooth vocals. His best sellers included ‘Mona Lisa,‘ ‘I Love You (for Sentimental Reasons),‘ and ‘Unforgettable,‘ all classics in their time and all songs that still receive airplay today. Even after his death his records continued to sell and maintain their popularity and his daughter Natalie Cole followed in his footsteps by becoming a very successful singer herself. He is still known as one of the best jazz performers to ever stand behind a microphone and TV host Ed Sullivan once referred to him as ‘the best friend a song ever had.‘
In 1960, Cole released ‘The Magic of Christmas,‘ his only full album of Christmas songs. The songs feature his typical smooth styling and full orchestra background, and it was an instant success when it was first released.
Songs on the Album Include Traditional Holiday Tunes
- Deck the Halls
- O, Come All Ye Faithful
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- O Tannenbaum
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- I Saw Three Ships
- O Holy Night
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- A Cradle in Bethlehem
- Away in a Manger
- Joy to the World
- The First Noël
- Caroling, Caroling
- Silent Night
‘The Magic of Christmas‘ is a true classic and one that can help any home to set a real holiday mood. Easy-listening jazz has a classic feeling to it especially around the holidays, and Cole performs each song in the most traditional manner, unlike pop stars that may add their own unique twist to their performances of Christmas songs. Playing the album on traditional vinyl can give you a real old-fashioned feeling during the holidays.
The album is not typically available for digital download so you may need to search for the actual vinyl album itself. This can add an authentic feeling to the music, and it can make for a great gift for those who still play vinyl. Anyone with a record player and a collection of vinyl is typically always looking for new music to add to their collection since vinyl is hard to find. You might search on eBay or other online resellers for a clean copy of the album for the jazz lover and record lover in your life.
Pick up a copy of ‘The Magic of Christmas‘ this holiday season if you’re in the mood for a very traditional, very jazzy Christmas. It might also be a good touch if you’re hosting the parents or grandparents who may appreciate some music from their generation!