Thursday, February 16, 2012
NAT "KING" COLE - ARRIBA SALESMEN'S RECORD
I find it kind of funny that someone as urbane and smooth as Nat "King" Cole would be shilling for Italian Swiss Colony's Arriba wine - the professional wino's choice, right up there with Ripple, Thunderbird, Night Train, MD 20/20, Green River and Olde English. In fact, here's a great website which details the pleasures to be derived from drinking these fine spirits.
But then again, times were different. Nobody was asking poor Nat to be the spokesperson for Chevrolet or Westinghouse.....simply because of the color of his skin. In fact, Cole's groundbreaking TV show only lasted a short time - not because he couldn't get anybody to tune in, but because nobody would sponsor the show. Ridiculous....
So take a listen to this 45, available only to retailers who sold the Italian Swiss Colony line (and on red vinyl, no less), and enjoy the catchy jingle (you'll be singing "Arriba! The new wine drink...." all day long).
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.....
Nat "King" Cole - Arriba Salesmen's Record (Capitol Custom 932) - c. 1960