Special Guests

Nat King Cole

Born
Nathaniel Adams Coles
17 March 1919, Montgomery, Alabama

Died
15 February 1965, Santa Monica, California

Orange Colored Sky (arr. Pete Rugolo)
16 August 1950

Capitol Studio recordings with Kenton

My Love (arr. Stan Kenton & Dave Cavanaugh) 9 March 1960
Orange Colored Sky (arr. Pete Rugolo) 16 August 1950
Orange Colored Sky (arr. Pete Rugolo) 6 July 1961
Steady (arr. Stan Kenton) 9 March 1960

Nat Cole and Stan Kenton were two of Capitol’s hottest properties. They shared the stage at the Paramount Theatre for two months in late 1946. They did the same thing in the summer of 1948 in Detroit’s Broadway Capitol Theatre. They performed 77 one-nighters together with the “Biggest Show of ‘52” package. The two appeared on television together. Cole was on stage for Kenton’s 1957 opening night at Rendezvous Ballroom. It is a shame that they did not record more music together.

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Tex Ritter

Born
Woodward Maurice Ritter
12 January 1905, Murvaul, Texas

Died

2 January 1974, Nashville, Tennessee

Home on the Range (arr. Stan Kenton)
29 March 1962

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Label-mates at Capitol, Ritter and Kenton made one of the band’s least successful albums together in 1962.
Stan Kenton! Tex Ritter!

Sue Raney

Born
18 June 1940, McPherson, Kansas

June Christy was scheduled to appear with Kenton on a March 1962 TV broadcast, but Sue Raney substituted that day, giving her nationwide exposure. She was to fill in for an ailing Christy on a live date that month in California.

Let There Be Love (arr. Bill Holman)

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