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El Cerrito: A Christmas classic from the King Cole Trio, which played in town at the Kona Club in 1948

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A lot of top acts played El Cerrito during the city’s night club era, and among the best was the King Cole Trio, which came to the Kona Club for a one-week engagement in August of 1948. The trio, led by the smooth vocals of Nat King Cole, had a major hit in 1946 with “The Christmas Song,” which became a classic of the season. Listen to the song below, then click this link to read a great story by Mark Evanier about “The Christmas Song” and its co-author, sing Mel Torme.

(Thanks and a tip of the hat to Paul Hallaman for pointing us to the video.)

Chris Treadway