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This page I have dedicated to all the wonderfully talented musicians who played in Nat's trios throughout the years, from the inception of the group until 1964, the last year that Nat performed. I have listed their musical and vocal contributions, and the dates they were there.



1937 (King Cole's Sepia Swingsters):
Nat "King" Cole:  piano, lead vocals
Oscar Moore: acoustic guitar, background vocals
Wesley Prince: string bass, background vocals
Lee Young, Sr.: drums (1937 only)




1937-1942 (King Cole Trio, pictured right):
Nat "King" Cole: piano and lead vocals
Oscar Moore:  acoustic and electric guitar,
background vocals
Wesley Prince: string bass, background vocals
Red Callender: string bass (mid-1942, not pictured)











1942-1947 (pictured right):
Nat "King" Cole: piano and lead vocals
Oscar Moore: electric guitar, background vocals
Johnny Miller: string bass, background vocals












1947-1948 (pictured right):
Nat "King" Cole: piano and lead vocals
Irving Ashby: electric guitar
Johnny Miller: string bass













1948-1949 (pictured right):
Nat "King" Cole: piano and lead vocals
Irving Ashby: electric guitar
Joe Comfort: string bass











1949-1951 (Nat King Cole and His Trio, pictured right):
Nat "King" Cole: piano and lead vocals
Irving Ashby: electric guitar
Joe Comfort: string bass
Jack Costanzo: bongo and congas







NOTE: In 1951, Nat disbanded the Trio, but still kept the musicians that were in the group to back him up as he launched his solo career that year. They were not referred to as "The Trio" and were not billed as such. The names listed below are the the musicians who were the most consistent working and touring with Cole throughout the 1950s and into the '60s.



1951-1962:
Nat "King" Cole: piano and lead vocals
John Collins: electric guitar
Charlie Harris: string bass
Lee Young, Sr.: drums
Bunny Shawker: drums (N.Y. sessions, mid-1950s)

1962-1964:
Nat "King" Cole: piano and lead vocals
John Collins: electric guitar
Charlie Harris: string bass
Leon Petties: drums and percussion
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