Straighten Up and Fly Right

  • The Song
  • Back Stories
composition date
1944
genre
Film
songwriter(s)
Nat King Cole
Irving Mills
related performer(s)
Nat King Cole

A sermon he never forgot

As a child, Nat King Cole heard a sermon and never forgot it. He wrote the song (and there’s the king of the cut-in, Irving Mills, credited as lyricist) but was so desperate for money, he sold the rights for $50.

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