Nat King Cole wedding songs are one-of-a-kind. No one else has that rare blend of a pitch-perfect baritone voice that soothes the soul with impeccable phrasing. We touched upon his greatness in last week’s blogpost, “The King of the Wedding Song.”
When I Fall in Love
Nat requires a second blogpost to further explore the richness of his library of timeless wedding songs. You can’t get much better than his version of “When I Fall in Love.” The lyrics are perfect for your first dance song:
“When I give my heart it will be completely
Or I’ll never give my heart
And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you.”
Nat sings it like he means it. This is a song that warms hearts and provides hope for a restless world. Take a listen:
The More I See You
Here’s another one of the great Nat King Cole weddings songs: “The More I See You.” Written in 1945 by the over-achieving song writing team of Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, this song has been covered by an eclectic array of singers, beginning with Nat King Cole.
Nat’s version is arranged by Gordon Jenkins, with an arrangement shaped by the string section. Take a listen:
Mack Gordon’s lyrics are perfect for your first dance song:
“The more I see you
The more I want you.
Somehow this feeling
Just grows and grows.
With every sigh I become more mad about you,
More lost without you,
And so it goes.
Can you imagine
How much I’ll love you
The more I see you
As years go by?
I know the only one for me can only be you.”
For the record, this song was a big hit in 1966 by a singer named Chris Montez, utilizing a bouncier arrangement. Which do you like best?
Let There Be Love
Speaking of bouncy, Nat recorded this bouncy love song in 1962 with the great jazz pianist, George Shearing, accompanying. The song is called “Let There Be Love” by Ian Grant and Lionel Rand. You’ll love the light, breezy lyrics:
“Let there be you,
Let there be me.
Let there be oysters
Under the sea.
Let there be wind,
An occasional rain.
Chile con carne,
Let there be birds
To sing in the trees,
Someone to bless me
Whenever I sneeze.
Let there be cuckoos,
A lark and a dove,
But first of all, please
Let there be love.”
Not everyone likes songs written six decades ago, but practically everyone loves the way Nat King Cole sang them.
Let’s wrap up our exploration of Nat King Cole wedding songs with one from the great American songbook, “Embraceable You.” This one is written by the legendary songwriting duo, George and Ira Gershwin. Take a minute to savor Ira’s inventive lyrics:
My sweet embraceable you.
You irreplaceable you.
Just one look at you, my heart grew tipsy in me.
You and you alone bring out the gypsy in me.
I love all
The many charms about you,
I want my arms about you.
Don’t be a naughty baby,
Come to papa, come to papa, do!
My sweet embraceable you.”
Modern lyricists are not as attentive to rhyming structures as the songwriters from his era. Here, Nat sings this timeless classic backed by his jazz trio:
Sorry to say, we’ve just scratched the surface of Nat King Cole songs requested at weddings. He left behind a rich legacy of beautiful music that modern couples love to this day.
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