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The Incomparable Nat ''King'' ColeWatching these black-and-white clips from Cole's '50s TV show, one is struck by a single thought: There's a thin line between corny and classic. If you...The Incomparable Nat ''King'' ColeMusicalWatching these black-and-white clips from Cole's '50s TV show, one is struck by a single thought: There's a thin line between corny and classic. If you...2002-08-02Harry BelafonteJohnny MercerHarry Belafonte, Johnny MercerWarner Reprise
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The Incomparable Nat ''King'' Cole

Genre: Musical; Starring: Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mercer; Distributor: Warner Reprise

Watching these black-and-white clips from Cole’s ’50s TV show, one is struck by a single thought: There’s a thin line between corny and classic. If you can mentally click back to a time before rock was the predominant musical language, you’ll be more likely to appreciate Cole’s suave, sophisticated singing and buttoned-down cool. If not, you’ll probably squirm through the standards (”I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” ”Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) before you get to the good stuff: jivey duets with Johnny Mercer and Harry Belafonte on ”Save the Bones for Henry Jones” and ”Mama Look a Boo Boo,” respectively.