Unforgettable (Nat King Cole song)

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Single by Nat King Cole
from the album Unforgettable
Released October 1951
Recorded 1951
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 2:33
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Irving Gordon
Producer(s) Lee Gillette
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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 Gordon 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.[1] 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.

In 1991, after Elvis Presley's musical director Joe Guercio had the idea, Cole's original 1951 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.[2]

Nat Cole's original recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.[3]

Notable cover versions[edit]

A partial list includes:

Sampled by song[edit]