Friday, January 01, 2016

Natalie Cole, 1950-2015

My New Year's celebratory mood is dampened by the news of the death on New Year's Eve, at 65, of an extraordinarily talented singer, daughter of another extraordinarily talented singer, Nat King Cole, who also died relatively young.

The clip below shows her doing a duet with one of her dad's old buddies, Frank Sinatra, whose centenary we recently celebrated. The song is "I Get a Kick Out of You" by Cole Porter, from the 1934 (and since revived several times) Broadway musical Anything Goes.



I wondered if this made-for-TV version of the song would include Porter's original line, "Some get a kick from cocaine...", evidently not a problem for the Great White Way in 1934. No; it gets replaced by "Some like the perfume from Spain...."

Photo: Angela George via Wikimedia Commons.