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Most Recent Castaway - 21st August, 2015
George Cole (2015)

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If San Francisco native George Cole were himself a guitar, then the usual six strings would not be enough: he's guitarist (of course), vocalist, composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, music educatora, and performer.

Over the years, George has played lead guitar in many bands, among them Young Country, The Upstarts, Zula Pool, Bammy Award recipients Beatnik Beatch, and Big Blue Hearts. He has toured with Joe Walsh, sung duets with Keely Smith, and appeared on Chris Isaak’s platinum-selling "Forever Blue" album. He was also guitar instructor and mentor to Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day.

George fronts his own gypsy-jazz band, and somehow makes time to be part of the band of mandolin maestro Dave Grisman.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Nat King Cole Trio The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm Mosaic
# 2 The Mills Brothers 20th Century Masters—The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Mills Brothers You Always Hurt the One You Love Geffen/MCA
# 3 Bing Crosby and the Les Paul Trio Les Paul, The Complete Decca Trios—Plus 1936-1947 It's Been a Long, Long Time Decca/MCA
# 4 Antonio Carlos Jobim/Francis Albert Sinatra Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) Reprise
# 5 Django Reinhardt with Stéphane Grappelli Django Reinhardt, The Essential Collection Limehouse Blues West End Records/Avid
# 6 Keely Smith I Wish You Love I Wish You Love CD Collector's Choice Music
# 7 Eddie Lang The New York Sessions April Kisses JSP
# 8 Nat King Cole Trio The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio: The Instrumental Classics How High the Moon Capitol
# 9 Ella Fitzgerald The Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Vol 1 Manhattan Verve
# 10 Oscar Peterson History of an Artist You Can Depend on Me Pablo
# 11 David Grisman Hot Dawg 16/16 A&M
         
Book Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball, "Reading Lyrics"
         
Luxury Item A 1934 Martin "000-28" acoustic guitar