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Rock of Ages; No. 1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright.

Byline: Jade Wright

1952 Nat King Cole - Unforgettable THIS romantic favourite was written by Irving Gordon, with the original working title was Uncomparable.

The music publishing company asked Irving to change it to Unforgettable. The song was published in 1951.

The most popular version of the song was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1951, with an arrangement written by Nelson Riddle.

A non-orchestrated version of the song recorded in 1952 is featured as a bonus track on the CD reissue of 1955's completely instrumental Penthouse Serenade. Cole recorded the tune anew in 1961, in a stereo version of the Riddle arrangement, for the album The Nat King Cole Story.

In 1991, after Elvis Presley's musical director Joe Guercio had the idea, Cole's 1961 recording of the song was edited and remixed to create a duet with his daughter, Natalie, which won three awards at the Grammy Awards of 1992: Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.

1969 Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine PENNED by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966, this song was made famous by Marvin Gaye in a single released in October 1968 on Motown's Tamla label.

Originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1966, that version was rejected by Motown owner Berry Gordy, who told Whitfield and Strong to make it stronger.

After recording the song with Marvin Gaye in 1967, which Gordy also rejected, Whitfield produced a version with Gladys Knight & the Pips, which Gordy agreed to release as a single in September 1967, and which went to number two in the Billboard chart.

The Marvin Gaye version was placed on his 1968 album In the Groove, where it gained the attention of radio DJs, and Gordy finally agreed to its release as a single in October 1968, when it went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969 and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label.

It went on to top the UK charts in spring 1969, and a version re-entered the charts at number eight in 1985, following the iconic Levi''s launderette advert, featuring male model Nick Kamen.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2014
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