Nat King Cole

Singer + Musician

Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death.… Read More

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1919 Birth Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 17, 1919. … Read More


1936 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Cole left Chicago in 1936 to lead a band in a revival of Eubie Blake's revue Shuffle Along.


1943 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The King Cole Trio signed with the fledgling Capitol Records in 1943. … Read More
1946 27 Years Old In 1946, the Cole trio paid to have their own 15-minute radio program on the air, King Cole Trio Time. … Read More
1948 29 Years Old 1 More Event
…  This marriage ended in divorce in 1948.


Completed in 1956, it was the world's first circular office building and became known as "The House that Nat Built". … Read More
1957 38 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Jenkins arranged Love Is the Thing, hitting number 1 on the charts in April 1957 and remaining for eight weeks, his only number 1 hit.
1958 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, Cole went to Havana, Cuba, to record Cole Español, an album sung entirely in Spanish. … Read More


1959 40 Years Old In 1959, he was awarded a Grammy at the 2nd Annual Grammy Awards, the category Best Performance By a "Top 40" Artist, for his recording of "Midnight Flyer".
1960 41 Years Old In 1960, Cole's longtime collaborator Nelson Riddle left Capitol Records for Frank Sinatra's newly formed Reprise Records. … Read More
Cole recorded some hit singles during the 1960s, including "Let There Be Love" with George Shearing in 1961, the country-flavored hit "Ramblin' Rose" in August 1962, "Dear Lonely Hearts", "That Sunday, That Summer" and "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" (his final top-ten hit, reaching number 6 on the Pop chart). … Read More
In January 1964, Cole made one of his final television appearances, on The Jack Benny Program.
…  Until his death in 1965, Cole was an active and visible participant in the civil rights movement, playing an important role in planning the March on Washington in 1963.
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