L-O-V-E is the final studio album by the American singer Nat King Cole. It was arranged by Ralph Carmichael.L-O-V-E was Cole's last album, and was released shortly before his death in February 1965. The songs "The Girl from Ipanema", "My Kind of Girl" and "More (Theme From Mondo Cane)" were recorded December 1–3, 1964, shortly after Cole's diagnosis with lung cancer, and were the last recordings he made. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Albums chart in the spring of 1965.
The initial Billboard magazine review from January 30, 1965 commented that it was "One of the finest Nat Cole albums to date! He's in great form as he breathes new life into some fine standard material...The title tune is a Cole classic!".
"L-O-V-E" (in English language) was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood on June 3, 1964 (session number AA-19/11848), from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
In August 18, 1964 Cole overdubbed in Las Vegas the versions of L-O-V-E in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese languages (session number AA-52).
"Coquette" and "How I'd Love to Love You" were recorded at Coast Recorders in San Francisco on December 1, 1964 (session number AA-22/12165), from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
"There's Love", "My Kind Of Girl", "Thanks To You", "Your Love", "More" and "Swiss Retreat" were recorded at Coast Recorders in San Francisco on December 2, 1964 (session number AA-23/12166), from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
"The Girl From Ipanema" and "Three Little Words" were recorded at Coast Recorders in San Francisco on December 3, 1964 (session number AA-24/12167), from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. This was the final recording session of Cole.
Violins: Victor Arno, Emil Briano, Harold Dicterow, Dave Frisina, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Stanley Plummer, Jerome Reisler, Isadore Roman, Albert Steinberg, Joseph Stepansky, Sheryl Coltrane, Jimmy Getzoff, Leo Kailin, Lou Klass, Alexander Koltun, Robert Konrad, Mischa Myers
Violas: Joe DiFiore, Ray Menhennick, Gary Nuttycombe, Robert Ostrowsky, Stanley Harris, Harry Hyams, Rocco Curcio
Cellos: Margaret Aue, Edgar Lustgarten, Emmet Sergeant, William VandenBerg, Paul Bergstrom, Anne Goodman