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Nat King Cole

Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.
I ... started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that's just the way it came out.

Nat "King" Cole (17 March 1919 – 15 February 1965) American singer and jazz musician; born Nathaniel Adams Coles

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  • I felt something impossible for me to explain in words. Then when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to meβ€” I was a father."
    • Ebony (March 1950)
  • Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.
    • Comment on why his hit NBC TV show couldn't get a national sponsor. (1956) Quoted in article at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • I'm a businessman. I work for business people. The kind of thing they say is: Now we've sold a lot of records, let's sell some more.
    • British interview (1963)
  • I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it.
    • As quoted in Nat King Cole (1990) by James Haskings
  • Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.
    • As quoted in Nat King Cole (1990) by James Haskings

LyricsEdit

  • A buzzard took the monkey for a ride in the air
    The monkey thought that everything was on the square
    The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off his back
    But the monkey grabbed his neck and said β€” "Now listen, Jack..."
    "Straighten up and fly right
    Straighten up and fly right
    Straighten up and fly right
    Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top."
    • "Straighten Up And Fly Right" (1937) written with Irving Mills.
  • The buzzard told the monkey "You're chokin' me
    Release your hold and I'll set you free"
    The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said
    "Your story's touching but it sounds like a lie."
    • "Straighten Up And Fly Right" (1937) written with Irving Mills.

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