Club 99: Nat King Cole, “Nothing in the World”
In Club 99, I look at songs that peaked at position #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and help to put them into context. Together we can decide if the song deserved more success or got too much.
The Song: “Nothing in the World”
The Artist: Nat King Cole
#99 Chart Date: August 11, 1958
Just one week after our last entry peaked at #99 on the Billboard Hot 100, one of the 20th century’s greatest crooners grabbed the spot. And my friends, this is about as smooth and sumptuous a recording as we’re likely to come across during this project.
As far as I can tell, this song was actually the B-side to “Acércate Más (Come Closer to Me)”, released on Capitol Records F4004, which itself peaked at #41 in September 1958.
In addition to Cole’s smoother-than-butter vocals, I really love the orchestration on this single. So it shouldn’t have surprised me to learn they were by none other than the great Nelson Riddle.
“Nothing in the World” has since been included on at least one or two Nat King Cole compilations, and should absolutely be sought out.
To hear other songs in Club 99, check out my Spotify playlist.