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Nat King Cole performs "By the River St. Marie" in the 1944 SWING IN THE SADDLE

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Published on Aug 13, 2013

Nat King Cole & The King Cole Trio perform "By the River St. Marie" in the 1944 feature SWING IN THE SADDLE.

thanks to 1northbreed1 for uploading the complete feature. Nat King Cole fans have been looking for this for years, it's one of the rarest of his early film appearances. I've excerpted out his number, but I would encourage everyone to watch the whole movie - there's some wonderful stuff by the Hoosier Hotshots and Jimmy Wakely, among many others.




This is THE classic edition of the King Cole Trio, with Oscar Moore (guitar) and Wesley Prince (bass), in a 1944 Columbia pictures B-western musical. They perform one of their great speciality arrangements, "By The River St. Marie," a wonderful 1931 song by Harry Warren & Edgar Leslie. (The trio had been performing this at least since 1938, when they recorded it for a transcription and then again as a commercial 78 in 1940.)

It's amazingly wonderful to have this on video - young Nat King Cole on the rise, and the whole group, rather respectfully treated in satin cowboy shirts!

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