|Nat King Cole|
Since then it's been covered by many people over the years, from jazz guitarist George Benson, to power-pop icons Big Star, to psych-rock underground legends Gandalf. I really love every version, because each are so different in their own right. Besides the Nat King Cole and George Benson version, the next version I heard was by Big Star off of their Third/Sister Lovers album, when I was highly into anything Chilton-Bell-Big Star related back in college. Alex Chilton sounds so lonely and cold on "Nature Boy", I remember playing it repeatedly when I was in college 15 years ago and being mesmorized by it.
Lastly, this is the most recent version of "Nature Boy" that I've heard. In the past six months, I bought Gandalf's self-titled album, and it has increasingly become one of my go-to favorite psych albums. "Nature Boy" certainly gets the "Gandalf" treatment on this album. Very psych.