SONG OF THE DAY: “Nature Boy”

The Great Nat “King” Cole singing Eden Ahbez’s famed “Nature Boy” –

From Wikipedia:

In 1947, at the prompting of Cowboy Jack Patton and Johnny Mercer, Ahbez approached Nat “King” Cole’s manager backstage at the Lincoln Theater in Los Angeles and handed him the music for his song, “Nature Boy.” Cole began playing the song for live audiences to much acclaim, but needed to track down its author before releasing his recording of it.

Ahbez was discovered living under the Hollywood Sign and became the focus of a media frenzy when Cole’s version of “Nature Boy” shot to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and remained there for eight consecutive weeks during the summer of 1948.

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