Unforgettable is one of my favorite love songs. I always loved the original Nat King Cole version – so much great romantic attitude, and I find the violin line following the first line of the lyric a haunting, memorable signature part of the song ( I duplicate that line in my piano solo both times ). It was a GREAT idea to have his daughter sing a duet with him on this classic song by using the original vocal he had cut and importing it to a new recording session for her – nice bit of technology. I wonder if that was Natalie’s idea or some record company guy – no matter, it’s quite a nice touch.
We have a moody and heartfelt version of Unforgettable available on our Classic Love Songs wedding album. Like many of the other songs on this particular collection, it’s a piano solo. (A short snippet is of course included on our upcoming Wedding Music Samples album – your ultimate wedding music ideas, suggestions, and planning album).
It’s a bit puzzling that this song only made it up to #12 on the 1951-52 pop charts. It was released a few other times – by the Dick Hyman trio, Dinah Washington, and of course the duet with Natalie – but never got any higher on the charts. Nat King Cole is remembered as a vocalist – for this song, and probably even more for “Mona Lisa”, which became a #1 hit for him in 1950 – but he was a very gifted pianist, influencing his generation and others to come.
Although we offer this on one of our wedding preludes albums, it would of course be an excellent choice for a postlude, or wedding reception, or just as relaxing background music in your home! So find a quiet place, put your arm around your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/puppy dog and enjoy this enchanting little number.
Read a bit of the history behind Moonlight Sonata, another of our favorite wedding prelude pieces.