Unforgettable... with Love

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Unforgettable... with Love
Studio album by Natalie Cole
Released June 11, 1991
Recorded November 1990–April 1991 at Pacifique Recording Studios
Genre Jazz
Length 72:47
Label Elektra
Producer André Fischer, David Foster, Tommy LiPuma (also exec.), Natalie Cole (exec.)
Natalie Cole chronology
Good to Be Back
Unforgettable… with Love
I've Got Love on My Mind
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" duet from Unforgettable… with Love

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Unforgettable... with Love, also known as simply Unforgettable, is a 1991 album by Natalie Cole, which focuses on covers of standards previously performed by her father, Nat King Cole. It was also her debut for Elektra Records, after being given her release from Capitol Records.

The record was very successful in the Pop, Jazz, and R&B markets and was considered the major comeback recording that had been brewing since her late 1980s releases. The album was certified 7x platinum as of 2009 by the RIAA, winning the 1992 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and five additional Grammys: Record of the Year, Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, Arrangement Accompanying Vocals and Producer of the Year, as well as the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female the same year.

Two albums prior to this one, (1987's Everlasting and 1989's Good to Be Back) also moved to Elektra after she signed with the label. Her uncle, Ike Cole plays piano on the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Very Thought of You" – 4:15
  2. "Paper Moon" – 3:24
  3. "Route 66" (Natalie's uncle Ike Cole Played Piano) – 3:00
  4. "Mona Lisa" – 3:45
  5. "L-O-V-E" – 2:32
  6. "This Can't Be Love" – 2:13
  7. "Smile" – 3:37
  8. "Lush Life" – 4:20
  9. "That Sunday That Summer" – 3:31
  10. "Orange Colored Sky" – 2:26
  11. Medley: "For Sentimental Reasons"/"Tenderly"/"Autumn Leaves" – 7:26
  12. "Straighten Up and Fly Right" – 2:40
  13. "Avalon" – 1:51
  14. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" – 2:34
  15. "Too Young" – 4:32
  16. "Nature Boy" – 3:23
  17. "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" – 3:24
  18. "Almost Like Being in Love" – 2:11
  19. "Thou Swell" – 1:50
  20. "Non Dimenticar" – 2:56
  21. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" – 3:28
  22. "Unforgettable" (duet with Nat King Cole) – 3:29


  • Executive Producers: Tommy LiPuma and Natalie Cole
  • Producers: Andre Fischer, David Foster
  • Engineers: Al Schmitt, Woody Woodruff, Armin Steiner, Dave Reitzas, Joey Wolpert, Peter Darmi
  • Assistant Engineers: Anas Alaf, Kevin Becka, Ray Blair, Terry Brown, John Bruno, Jerry Jordan, Tim Lauber, Randy Long, Chris Rich, Marnie Riley, Dennis Rogers, Rail Rogut, Rick Winquest
  • Art Direction and Album Design: Drentel Doyle Partners
  • Liner Notes: Roy Traken
  • Photography: George Hurrell
  • Photo Assistant: Richard Settle
  • Photo Stylist: Cecille Parker
  • Hairdresser: Janet Zeitoun
  • Makeup Artist: Tara Posey
  • Jewelry: Laykin Jewelers Et Cie
  • Natalie Cole's Dress: Fred Hayman Beverly Hills
  • Production Coordinator: Shari Sutcliffe
  • Production Assistants: Ellen Egan, Michele Winding, Sherri Murrell


  • Pianos: Monty Alexander, Alan Broadbent, Brad Cole, Ike Cole, Clare Fischer, Mike Lang, Michael Melvoin, Joe Sample
  • Drums: Sol Gubin, Jeff Hamilton, Harold Jones, Dave Weckel
  • Bass: Ray Brown, John Clayton, Chuck Domanico, James Hughart, John Patitucci, Andy Simpkins
  • Guitars: Dennis Budimir, John Chiodini, John Collins, John Pisano, Alfred Viola
  • Violins: Murray Adler, Israel Baker, Marilyn Baker, Arnold Belnick, Dixie Blackstone, Mari Tsumura Botnick, Jacqueline Brand, Darius Campo, Stuart Canin, Lily Ho Chen, Gail Cruz, Isabelle Dashkoff, Bonnie Douglas, Assa Drori, Bruce Dukov, Pavel Farkas, Henry Ferber, Mike Ferril, Ronald Folsom, Armen Garabedian, Berj Garabedian, James Getzoff, Julie Gigante, Harris Goldman, Endre Granat, Diana Halprin, Clayton Haslop, Karen Jones, Nathan Kaproff, Ezra Kliger, Bernard Kundell, Kathleen Lenski, Brian Leonard, Rene Mandel, Edith Markman, Mike Markman, Yoko Matsuda, Ralph Morrison, Irma Neumann, Sid Page, Stanley Plummer, Barbara Porter, Anatol Rosinsky, Sidney Sharp, Paul Shure, Haim Shtrum, Raymond Tischer, Alex Treger, Gerald Vinci, Dorothy Wade, Miwako Watanabe, Kenneth Yerke
  • Violas: Samuel Boghossian, Denyse Buffum, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Alan Deveritch, Pamela Goldsmith, Roland Kato, Myra Kestenbaum, Don McInnes, Carol Mukogawa, Dan Neufeld, Mike Novak, Kazi Pitelka, Myron Sandler, Harry Shirinian, Dave Stockhammer, Milton Thomas, Raymond Tischer
  • Celli: Jodi Burnett, Anthony Cooke, Ron Cooper, Steve Erdody, Christine Ermakoff, Paula Hochhalter, Armand Kaproff, Anne Karam, Dennis Karmazyn, Raymond Kelley, Armen Ksajikian, Nils Oliver, Dan Rothmuller, Frederick Seykora
  • Bass Violins: John Clayton, Chuck Domanico, Buell Neidlinger, Robert Stone, Margaret Storer
  • Harps: Katie Kirkpatrick, Gayle Levant, Dorothy Remsen, Joanne Turovsky
  • Oboes: Thomas Boyd, Gene Cipriano
  • Flutes: Louise DiTullio, Gary Foster, Susan Greenberg, Ronnie Lang
  • French Horns: Vincent DeRosa, David Duke, Marilyn Johnson, Arthur Maebe, Brian O'Connor, James Thatcher, Rick Todd, Brad Warnaar
  • Trumpets: Rick Baptist, Oscar Brashear, Conte Candoli, Charles Davis, Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Steve Huffstetter, Warren Luening, Nolan Smith, Frank Szabo
  • Saxophones: Peter Christlieb, Bob Efford, Gary Foster, Dan Higgins, Don Menza, Dick Mitchell, Lanny Morgan, David "Fathead" Newman, Jack Nimitz, Bill Perkins, Robert Tricarico
  • Trombones: Peter Beltran, George Bohanon, Thurman Green, Tommy Johnson, Charlie Loper, Dick Nash, Bruce Paulsen, Bill Reichenbach, Jack Redmond
  • Tuba: Tommy Johnson
  • Other Woodwinds: Pete Christlieb, Gene Cipriano, Louise DiTullio, Gary Foster, Steve Kujala, Ronnie Lang, Jack Nimitz, Sheridon Stokes
  • Celeste: Alan Broadbent
  • Synthesizers: Pat Coil, Tom Garvin, Ralph Grierson, Randy Kerber, Thomas Ranier
  • Percussion: Larry Bunker
  • Background Vocals: Donna Davidson, Debbie Hall, Kerry Katz, Rick Logan, Gene Merlino, Don Shelton, Sally Stevens, Susie Stevens
  • Copyists: Maurice Cevrero, James Cowger, Doug Dana, Joseph Estren, Elizabeth Finch, William Francis, Jack Furlong, Ron Gorow, Bill Hughes, Jeffrey Jones, Suzie Katayama, C.T. Lake, Berwyn Linton, Margaret Maryatt, Dwight Mikkelsen, Deborah Mitchell, Yvonne Richardson
  • Linguists: Pierre LeLoup, Valleria Smith


Chart (1991)[4][5] Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 9
UK Albums Chart[6] 11
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 5
Chart (1992) Peak
German Albums Chart[7] 32
Italian Albums Chart[8] 5
Swedish Albums Chart 18
Swiss Albums Chart 15

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 47


Preceded by
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
by Van Halen
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 27, 1991 – August 24, 1991
Succeeded by
Metallica by Metallica
Preceded by
Vagabond Heart by Rod Stewart
Metallica by Metallica
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
August 4, 1991 – August 18, 1991
September 1, 1991 – September 15, 1991
Succeeded by
Metallica by Metallica
On Every Street by Dire Straits