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PART 3 You are going to listen to THE NAT KING COLE STORY. For questions 1- 5, choose the option a, b or c that best completes the sentence, as in the example (0-a). You will hear the recording twice. Example (0): How is Nat Cole defined in the introduction? A. One of the most popular singers of our era B. Nat Cole has been forgotten. C. He was somewhat successful in his own time. 1. Why is/was Nat King Cole important to blacks? A. He was politically involved. B. He opened the ground for other black musicians. C. Only blacks liked his music. 2. What was Nat Cole’s 1948 hit on the charts? A. The Nat Cole album B. Nature Boy C. Christmas Song 3. The presenter says that in 1948 Nat Cole… A. had just began his career. B. was already a star. C. became famous overnight. 4. What date is the song we hear with the bongo player? A. In 1948 B. In 1959 C. In 1949 5. Once he became successful, Nat Cole… A. did not worry about arrangements for his music. B. had the chance to work with the best arrangers. C. soon stopped working.
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Track 12: TAPESCRIPT NI P3 NAT KING COLE [Music heard] That voice, a subtle balance of grace and rhythmic daring, belongs to one of the most popular singers of our time: Nat King Cole. His individual sound developed during his more than two decades as an influential pianist and leader of his own trio. And his own unparallel success as a vocalist gave him the chance to break ground for other black entertainers. I’m Nancy Wilson and this is “Jazz Profiles”. On this show, the second of two parts, we pay tribute to Nat King Cole, the jazz singer and artist. By 1948 Nat King Cole was a star. That year, his song ‘Nature Boy’ was no. 1 on the billboard pop charts. This was no overnight success; it was the product of many years of creative growth working primarily with his Nat King Cole Trio. The Trio set the standard for the small group jazz sound for the late 30s throughout the 40s. By then Nat Cole was trying to find new ways to try to expand upon the combination of piano, guitar and bass. When he added the bongo player Jack Constanzo to the Trio, the result was an even stronger emphasis on the rhythmic pulse in the music. Here’s Nat King Cole plus Trio in 1949 [music]. Nat King Cole and Trio with ‘Yes, sir. That’s my baby’. With stardom achieved, Nat had access to the best arrangers. He worked with a number of them to create distinctive backgrounds for his increasing popular music. The arranger Pete Rubello worked for many years with the Stan Kent Orchestra and was one of the first to work with Nat Cole: “He liked a good jazz band in those days…”