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11 Incredible Episodes Of Nat King Cole's Landmark 1956-1957 NBC TV Variety Show Series, Featuring Music Accompaniment By Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra, Guest Starring The Greatest Entertainers Of The Day, And Starring The First African-American Male To Host An American Television Series, Nat King Cole And The Nat King Cole Show! 6 Enchanting Hours Of Classic Entertainment From The Golden Age Of Television, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality 3 Disc All Regions Format DVD Set!
* 11/6/22: Updated With Two (2) New Episodes: 1) Epi. 10: Guest stars Tony Bennett and The Beachcomers With Natalie, And 2) Epi. 11: Guest stars Eartha Kitt!
Epi. 1: First episode of the series; guest stars Frankie Laine
Epi. 2: Second episode of the series; guest stars Mel Torme and June Christy
Epi. 3: Guest stars Sammy Davis, Jr. And The Hi Lo's
Epi. 4: Guest stars The Mills Brothers, Juan Tizol
Epi. 5: Guest stars Margaret Whiting and The Merry Macs
Epi. 6: Guest stars Harry Belafonte
Epi. 7: Guest stars Lisa Kirk, Jimmy Komack (first two minutes cut)
Epi. 8: Guest stars Tony Martin, The TV Premiere Of The Sparkletones
Epi. 9: Guest stars Peggy Lee And Julius La Rosa
Epi. 10: Guest stars Tony Bennett and The Beachcomers With Natalie
Epi. 11: Guest stars Eartha Kitt
Nat King Cole, American singer and pianist (March 17, 1919 - February 15, 1965) was born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was one of the most popular entertainers of his day worldwide, a popularity that proved enduring and increasing over the years, and was the first black man to host an American television series.
On November 5, 1956, The Nat 'King' Cole Show debuted on NBC. The variety program was one of the first hosted by an African American. The program started at a length of fifteen-minutes but was increased to a half-hour in July 1957. Rheingold Beer was a regional sponsor, but a national sponsor was never found, and companies such as Max Factor vociferously opposed sponsoring it. The show was in trouble financially despite efforts by NBC, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Frankie Laine, Peggy Lee, and Mel Torme. Cole decided to end the program. The last episode aired on December 17, 1957. Commenting on the lack of sponsorship, Cole said shortly after its demise, "Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark."