The Music of Christmas — Nat King Cole's "A Cradle in Bethlehem"

| December 23, 2012 | 1 Reply

If you know me even a little bit, you know I love Christmas music, especially the classics done by old-school musicians who know the value of a simple melody sung well. Nat King Cole, who for my money is one of the three finest male pop singers ever (along with Sam Cooke and Frank Sinatra), recorded a song called “A Cradle in Bethlehem” for his 1960 Christmas album The Magic of Christmas. It was outshone by his renditions of “The Christmas Song” and “Adeste Fidelis” but it shouldn’t have been. The song is heart-breakingly lovely. Listen for yourself and tell me what you think.

Merry Christmas.

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