Nature Boy – Nat “King” Cole / Frank Sinatra / Sarah Vaughan

June 9, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “Nature Boy,” a single by Nat King Cole.

Song Facts: 

  • Eden Ahbez wrote the catchy lyrics as a tribute to his mentor Bill Pester. Eden was grateful to his mentor Bill for introducing him to Lebensreform and Naturmensch philosophies. He practiced these philosophies the rest of his life.
  • “Nature Boy” was released on March 29, 1948, as a single by the record label Capitol.
  • The song was first recorded by Nat King Cole, a famous American jazz singer, on August 22, 1947.
  • Nat King Cole invited an orchestra conducted by the famous Frank De Vol during the recording process.
  • “Nature Boy” appeared on Billboards on June 4, 1948, and peaked at #11.
  • It was later released in the album The Nat King Cole Story.
  • This song helped Nat King Cole gain a bigger following, especially in the white music market. 
  • Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan also released neat versions of the song. 

Lyrics

There was a boy

A very strange enchanted boy

They say he wandered very far

Very far, over land and sea

A little shy and sad of eye

But very wise was he

And then one day, a magic day

He passed my way, and while we spoke

Of many things, fools and kings

This he said to me

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn

Is just to love and be loved in return”

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn

Is just to love and be loved in return”

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