A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole

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A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole
Studio album by Marvin Gaye
Released November 1, 1965
Recorded 1965
Genre Vocal jazz, R&B
Length 35:53
Label Tamla
Producer Hal Davis, Marc Gordon, Harvey Fuqua
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A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole is the sixth studio album by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla (Motown) label on November 1, 1965. It is a tribute album, dedicated to his idol, late jazz/R&B performer Nat "King" Cole.[1]

An Allmusic writer said the album was "a fine album that got lost after its release". Marvin was a vocal admirer of Nat King Cole and told interviewers Cole's vocals and performing style influenced his.

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Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nature Boy"   Eden Ahbez 2:49
2. "Ramblin' Rose"   Joe Sherman, Noel Sherman 2:50
3. "Too Young"   Sylvia Dee, Sidney Lippman 3:47
4. "Pretend"   Cliff Parman, Frank Lavere, Lew Douglas 2:53
5. "Straighten Up and Fly Right"   Nat King Cole, Irving Mills 2:22
6. "Mona Lisa"   Ray Evans, Jay Livingston 3:01
7. "Unforgettable"   Irving Gordon 3:40
8. "To the Ends of the Earth"   Joe Sherman, Noel Sherman 2:18
9. "Sweet Lorraine"   Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish 2:47
10. "It's Only a Paper Moon"   Harold Arlen, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Billy Rose 2:25
11. "Send for Me"   Ollie Jones 2:57
12. "Calypso Blues"   Don George, Nat King Cole 4:04