It's only a paper Moon Cole Nat King 1957
Nathaniel Adams Coles was known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 -- February 15, 1965)
Cole was considered a leading jazz pianist, appearing, for example, in the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts. His revolutionary lineup of piano, guitar and bass in the time of the big bands became a popular set up for a jazz trio. Cole was the first African American to have his own radio program. He repeated that success in the late-1950s with the first truly national television show starring an African-American
Nat King Cole, a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer in February 1965 while still at the height of his singing career.
On November 5, 1956, The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC-TV. While commentators have often hailed Cole as the first African-American to host a network television show, the Cole program was the first of its kind hosted by a star of Nat Cole's magnitude. Initially begun as a 15 minute show on Monday night, the show was expanded to a half hour in July 1957. Despite the efforts of NBC, as well as many of Cole's industry colleagues, The Nat King Cole Show was ultimately done in by a lack of national sponsorship (companies such as Rheingold Beer assumed regional sponsorship of the show, but the a national sponsor never eventuated). The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show aired December 17, 1957. Cole had survived for over a year, and it was he, not NBC, who ultimately decided to pull the plug on the show (NBC, as well as Cole himself, had been operating at an extreme financial loss). In the following 1957 clips Cole features Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic.
In this clip Nat sings "It's only a paper moon" and is accompanied by the Oscar Peterson trio with Herb Ellis guitar and Ray Brown bass. A tenor solo by Flip Phillips with Jo Jones on drums