Hi, Nat King Cole began recoding hit music on the Billboard charts in 1942 with The King Cole Trio. Their first charted hit record was THAT AIN’T RIGHT on Decca Records, a tune that would chart at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart. In late 1943 they began recording for Capitol Records, the label Nat King Cole would record for the rest of his career. The hits, came one after another, he would chart 46 hit records on the R&B chart in his lifetime and 66 of his records would chart on the Billboard pop chart. The legendary Nat King Cole was born on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1957 Nat was well established on both the Pop and R&B charts. Hits such as, MONA LISA in 1950, TOO YOUNG in 1951, A BLOSSOM FELL in 1955 and many others had put him at the top of the charts. On June 17, 1957 his recording of SEND FOR ME made its Billboard Top 100 debut. The single, an up-tempo tune for Nat became an instant hit with the pop audience. SEND FOR ME climbed up the Top 100 to #6 and remained on the chart for 27 weeks, a very long time for a tune in the 1950s. Nat crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart on July 1, 1957 and went to the top of the chart, at #1. The single held the #1 spot for 2 weeks and remained on the R&B chart for 17 weeks.
The flip side of the single was the ballad, MY PERSONAL POSSESSION, the kind of romantic ballad that Nat could make his own. The single entered the r&b chart on July 22. Backing Nat was The Four Knights, who had backed him on his 1955 Top 10 hit, IF I MAY. The single also became a big pop hit charting on the Billboard Top 100 on June 17, climbing the chart to #21 and remaining on the chart for 15 weeks.
SEND FOR ME backed with MY PERSONAL POSSESSION became one of his biggest hit singles of the rock era. Only LOOKING BACK in 1958 charted higher at #5 on the Pop chart. SEND FOR ME is his highest charting hit on the R&B chart, in the rock era at #1, LOOKING BACK charted at #2 in 1958. The single, both sides of this great hit have been put on the shelves at most oldies radio stations…which is a huge overlook on their parts. The Lost Gold Jukebox is proud to feature both of these great songs for your enjoyment…two of Nat King Cole’s biggest hits from the, “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
Till the next time—Joe