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Unforgettable is a popular song written by Irving Gordon. The song's original working title was Uncomparable. The music publishing company asked Irving to change it to Unforgettable. The song was published in 1951.
The most popular version of the song was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1951, with an arrangement written by Nelson Riddle. A non-orchestrated version of the song recorded in 1952 is featured as a bonus track on the CD reissue of 1955's completely instrumental (save the bonus material) Penthouse Serenade. Cole recorded the tune anew in 1961, in a stereo version of the Riddle arrangement, for the album The Nat King Cole Story. His version of the song was included in its entirety in the 2009 film Watchmen during the Comedian's death scene.
In 1991, after Elvis Presley's legendary musical director Joe Guercio had the idea, Cole's 1961 recording of the song was edited and remixed to create a duet with his daughter, Natalie, which won three awards at the Grammy Awards of 1992: Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
Notable cover versions
A partial list includes:
- Semprini with Rhythm Acc. recorded it in London on March 26, 1952 as the third melody of the medley "Dancing to the piano (No. 14) - Part 1. Hit Medley of Foxtrots" along with "Slow Coach" and "Cry". It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10263.
- Yvette Giraud (1953, in French under the title "Inoubliable")
- Pepper Adams Quintet (1957)
- Teddi King - All the King's Songs (1959)
- Dinah Washington (1959) (was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001)
- Earl Grant (1960)
- Peggy Lee (1963)
- Aretha Franklin for her album Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington (1964).
- Sammy Davis, Jr. (1965)
- Marvin Gaye (1965)
- Oscar Peterson (1965)
- Aretha Franklin (1976)
- Esther Phillips (1976)
- Lou Rawls (1977)
- Engelbert Humperdinck (1980)
- Johnny Mathis (1983)
- Marlena Shaw (1986)
- Nat "King" Cole & Natalie Cole (1991) (1992 Grammy Awards) - the performance of the song at the Grammy show was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I
- Roberta Flack (1991)
- Diane Schuur (1991)
- Vikki Carr (1997)
- Peter Nero (1997)
- Acoustix (1998)
- Kenny Rogers (1998)
- Leo Masliah of the disc Textualmente 1 (2001)
- Captain & Tennille (2001)
- Jackie Chan w/ Ani DiFranco (2002)
- Charlie Sheen (2003)
- Merle Haggard (2004)
- Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes (2006) (Will & Grace finale as Jack McFarland and Karen Walker)
- Bradley Joseph (2006)
- Ricky Vallen (2009)
- Andrea Bocelli and Lisa Kelly (2010)
- Roberto Carlos - Live at Jerusalem (2011)
- George Benson - Inspiration (A Tribute to Nat King Cole) (2013)
Sampled by song
- Rock On The Net: 34th Annual Grammy Awards - 1992
- Grammy Hall of Fame
- "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume 1: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- When Pigs Fly
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