Cole Español

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Cole Español
Studio album by Nat King Cole
Released August 1958
Recorded February 17, 18, 20 in Havana, Cuba, June 11, 30, 1958 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 29:16
Label Capitol
Producer Lee Gillette
Nat King Cole chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 1/5 stars[2]

Cole Español is a 1958 studio album by Nat King Cole, arranged by Nelson Riddle. One of three Spanish themed albums that Cole recorded, it was followed by A Mis Amigos (1959) and by More Cole Español in 1962. The orchestral music was recorded in Havana, Cuba, and Cole added his vocals in June in Los Angeles, California.[3] However the song "Tú, mi delirio" is instrumental; Cole overdubbed piano, rather than vocals to this track. The album was later reissued as Español and More, Vol. 1. The album was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.[4] The album reached #12 on the Billboard Magazine LP chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cachito" (Consuelo Velázquez) – 2:50
  2. "María Elena" (Lorenzo Barcelata, Bob Russell) – 2:42
  3. "Quizás, quizás, quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)" (Osvaldo Farrés, Joe Davis) – 2:46
  4. "Las mañanitas" (traditional) – 2:57
  5. "Acércate más (Come Closer to Me)" (Osvaldo Farrés, Al Stewart) – 2:49
  6. "El bodeguero (Grocer's Cha-Cha)" (Richard Egües) – 2:25
  7. "Arrivederci Roma" (Renato Rascel, Pietro Garinei, Sandro Giovannini, Carl Sigman) – 2:46
  8. "Noche de ronda" (Agustín Lara) – 2:34
  9. "Tú, mi delirio" (César Portillo de la Luz) – 2:36
  10. "Te quiero, dijiste (Magic Is the Moonlight)" (María Grever, Charles Pasquale) – 2:41
  11. "Adelita" (traditional) – 2:10




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 43. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ a b Cole Español at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2014.