I remember being in my maternal grandmother’s second floor and find albums of Nat Cole 78s. And by “albums”, I mean these books that looked like photo albums with paper sleeves holding a single cut on each side of the vinyl.
To my recollection, they weren’t being played anymore. My household, a few blocks away, had moved over to that newish technology, the LP, with a dozen songs playing at 33 RPM, or 45 rpm singles. I don’t recall my grandma having any player at all.
I have no idea what happened to the collection, and since I never HEARD them, I don’t recall the tracks, but it seems that most of them were on Capitol Records.
Here’s a list of Nat King Cole songs on 78s. Absent my mother’s feedback, I guess I’ll link to some of my favorites from the period, with no guarantees that I haven’t snatched a re-recording, rather than the originals; there were quite a lot of them.
Hit That Jive Jack (1942)
Straighten Up And Fly Right (1944)
Sweet Lorraine (1944)
It’s Only A Paper Moon (1944)
The Frim Fram Sauce (1945)
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (1946)
Makin’ Whoopee (1947)
I’m Thru With Love (1950) – the year my parents got married
Mona Lisa (1950)
Too Young (1951)
Send for Me (1957) – this may exist in both 78 and 45
I remember when he died in February 1965 from lung cancer, his ever-present cigarettes being the cause. My mom didn’t make a big deal of it, as I recall, but I suspected that his passing privately wounded her.
My mom, Trudy Green, who died 2/2/2011, would have been 91 today.