We have previously discussed the career of the one and only Nat King Cole. That being said, he is a unique part of American entertainment history that I will always treasure in my memories. Though I was not but an infant when he passed away, his The Christmas Song became an integral part of my childhood Christmas as I would listen to the music over and over again, marveling in the well composed arrangement and his sonorous voice as he sang favorite Christmas songs.
Originally released as The Magic of Christmas before my birth back in 1960, the album is arranged and conducted by Ralph Carmichael. It is the only full Cole album of Christmas music. But among these is the one that I feel is the consummate version of The Christmas Song. This became the best -selling Christmas album of the 1960s and for very good reason. Even were it not for the sterling quality of this album, Aloha Promises Forever would be compelled to give this album a 10 out of 10. The music so conjures up memories of warmth and love and promises of a goodness in life that while it was never achieved do still make my heart swell with hopes that it might be so for my young daughters.
The Christmas Song may be listened to in its entirety here: