Thursday 29 June 2023

Album Artwork: ELLA LOVES COLE


Periodically, I will select an album cover from the playlist that resonates with me. This one was the first Ella Fitzgerald LP I ever purchased, not long after its release in 1972. Ella's manager, impresario Norman Granz, had wanted Nelson Riddle to arrange the star's first Porter song book album back in 1956. However, at the time, Riddle was working flat out for Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and many others in the Capitol Records stable and wasn't available. 

Ella Loves Cole brought Riddle's arranging skills to the follow-up project and the track included in this week's program is I Concentrate on You - one of the highlights from the album.

This was Ella Fitzgerald's only release on Atlantic Records before Granz, who had sold Verve Records a few years earlier, launched his new label, Pablo, where Ella remained until the end of her career. Indeed, in 1978, the 13 tracks on this album were augmented with two later recordings After You and Dream Dancing - the latter song become the title of the repackaged Pablo release.

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