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Let There Be Love
Nat 'King' Cole
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'Let There Be Love' was a hit for Nat together with the Shearing Quintet towards the end of his career. He'd initially come to the fore as a jazz pianist in the bars of LA with the King Cole Trio but he went on to sell over 50 million records with songs like 'Mona Lisa', 'Ramblin' Rose' and 'Stardust'.
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Song facts
Composer Lionel Rand
/Ian Grant
Genre Easy
Album Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays
Released 1961
UK Chart 11

The '50s was a tough time for a black man to secure a leading role but Nat King Cole got himself both a radio and a TV slot, 'The Nat King Cole Show'. He was the first black man to do either in America.

Easy listening music may be lambasted from time to time but 'Let There Be Love' is a beautiful and evocative song. Its lyrics are simple and achingly romantic rather than sugary: "Let there be you, let there be me, let there be oysters under the sea."

This song has been covered by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat's daughter Natalie and numerous others. It has featured in movie soundtracks and wedding dances all over the world and has stood the test of almost half a century, even a battering by Westlife could not level 'Let There Be Love'.

Susan McFarland


Other versions
Annie Ross
 Annie Ross recorded this version with Chet Baker during a two day session including Gerry Mulligan. Baker makes the trumpet sing and his warmth complements Ross's fluid, light style.

Nat Cole absolutely nailed it on this one


Peter, Sheffield

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