Welcome to the Club
Nat King Cole
Released 1959
Recorded June 30
July 1, 2, 1958
Length 75:03
Label Capitol
Produced by Lee Gillette

Welcome to the Club, is Nat King Cole's eighteenth studio album, released in mid 1959.

This album was arranged by Dave Cavanaugh and recorded in the summer of 1958. Cole recorded the tracks to this album alongside the Count Basie Orchestra, and it is his only album with the orchestra. However, Count Basie himself couldn't make it to the recording sessions and was replaced with pianist Gerald Wiggins.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "Welcome to the Club" (Noel Sherman, Dick Wolf) – 2:44
  2. "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere" (Ned Washington, Lee Wiley, Victor Young) – 2:19
  3. "The Blues Don't Care" (Vic Abrams) – 2:10
  4. "Mood Indigo" (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 3:21
  5. "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" (Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams) – 2:11
  6. "The Late, Late Show" (Roy Alfred, Murray Berlin) – 2:32
  7. "Avalon" (Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Billy Rose) – 1:45
  8. "She's Funny That Way" (Neil Moret, Richard Whiting) – 3:02
  9. "I Want a Little Girl" (Murray Mencher, Billy Moll) – 2:49
  10. "Wee Baby Blues" (Pete Johnson, Big Joe Turner) – 3:16
  11. "Look Out for Love" (Danny Meehan, Colin Romoff) – 1:58

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Nat King Cole vocals
Dave Cavanaugh Conductor, arranger
Gerald Wiggins piano
The Count Basie Orchestra
Al Porcino, Don Rader, Wallace Davenport, Al Aarons, George Cohn and Harry "Sweets" Edison trumpets
Henry Coker, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes, Henderson Chambers and Kenny Shroyer trombones
Frank Foster, Charles Fowlkes, Marshall Royal, Frank Wess and Eric Dixon reeds
Emil Richards vibraphone
George Catlett double bass
Freddie Green guitar
Sonny Payne drums
Gerald Vinci, Israel Baker, Jacques Gasselin, Thelma Beach, Bonnie Douglas, Marshall Sosson, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Paul Shure and James Getzoff violins
Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn, Alvin Dinkin and Stan Harris violas
Edgar Lustgarten and Ann Goodman cellos

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