Lost but not least: Natalie Cole – Tell Me All About It (Smooth Edit) (Bootleg)
Tell me all about it! God works in mysterious ways. And so does music too. As a matter of fact, I bet chances were few that Michael Franks could imagine a bunch of cover versions of this 1983 classic ‘Tell Me All About It’ would see the light some 20 years after or so. But this is pretty much what happened at the end. Beginning with Natalie Cole on her 2002 released ‘Ask A Woman Who Knows’ album on Verve Records. Thus sharing the duties with Joe Sample on Piano and Luisito Quintero on Percussion. With Tommy LiPuma in charge of the production work.
In addition to this, the fall of 2003 would see her returning in a quite unexpected way. This under the form of of a white label 12 inch credited to Alan Smithee in Blue Blackness. With the latter turning it into a smooth Housey jam that made the buzz a few months after during the Winter Music Conference in Miami.
Then, if it wasn’t already enough, Australian songstress Treena Rose also managed to come with a cover version of ‘Tell Me All About It’ right on time for the Conf’…
A native of Los Angeles, CA Natalie Cole grew up in an artistic environment. With thanks to her dad. In other words, famous crooner Nat King Cole. But also her mom, Maria Hawkins Ellington. Herself remembered as a former singer of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
As a matter of fact, Natalie Cole rose to fame in the mid-70’s in the R&B scene. Meanwhile delivering gems such as ‘This Will Be’, ‘Our Love’ and ‘Inseparable’. This before falling into a failing sales and performances period most likely due to drug addiction.
She would come back under the spotlights though with the 1987 released ‘Everlasting’ album. And more precisely with her cover version of Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Pink Cadillac’. With thanks to producers David Cole and Robert Clivilles of the C&C Music Factory fame. The following decade seeing her giving rendition of standards of her dad. And, by that, scoring her biggest success ever in an album titled ‘Unforgettable… With Love’.
Cole unlikely came to resurface once again in early 2004. But this time in a quite unexpected way. This while sharing the bill with mysterious Canadian producer Alan Smithee. With the twosome comin’ up with an unofficial cover version of Michael Franks‘ classic ‘Tell Me All About It’. Then pretty much makin’ the sensation a few weeks later during the Miami Winter Music Conference. Thus eventually competing with another cover version of the song. Itself by the likes of Australian songstress Treena Rose.
In December 2015, Natalie Cole cancelled several events due to ongoing health issues. She sadly died on the evening of Dec. 31, 2015 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. from congestive heart failure. She was 65.
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