Natalie Cole
American musician
Natalie Cole
Natalie Maria Cole is an American singer, songwriter and performer. The daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, Cole rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as a R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)", "Inseparable" and "Our Love". After a period of failing sales and performances due to a heavy drug addiction, Cole reemerged as a pop artist with the 1987 album, Everlasting, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac".
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Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyonce Still Hasn't Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy
Huffington Post - 4 days
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Heaven's rock band got a lot better in 2016
CNN - 2 months
From Natalie Cole to Bowie, to Prince, to Maurice White, George Martin and many more, a mighty chorus arrived in the hererafter this year, says Gene Seymour.
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Spar Street: Creating Art with a Purpose When We Need It Most
Huffington Post - 3 months
"More and more people now evaluate the importance of art, not from a perspective of what's entertainment and what's merely superficially titillating or entertaining, but from the perspective of finding what is going to reach down into your core and lift you up on those days when you feel at your worst. What's going to remind you that there is something deeply beautiful, powerful, and trustworthy in you, your human journey and the world." In late September of this year, in the nucleus of all things cultural and emphatic, the potpourri of humans, interests and accomplishments, (New York City, East 42nd Street to be exact), Spar Street, standing 6'4" with a tranquil demeanor, watched three courageously progressive, fervent women receive an award. He watched his sculpture, The Agent of Change, transcend from a piece of his collection, to a tangible symbol of perseverance, honor and leadership. On that day, three legatees, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H ...
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Watch: Was Natalie Cole Snubbed at the 2016 Grammy Awards?
ABC News - about 1 year
"The View" co-hosts discuss whether the late singer should have been given a musical tribute.
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Why the Grammy Awards show paid tribute to Natalie Cole the way it did
LATimes - about 1 year
Natalie Cole had been granted most-favored-nation status at the Grammy Awards since the daughter of Nat King Cole made her big career splash in 1975, when she collected Grammys for new artist and for R&B female vocal performance with the breakthrough single “This Will Be.” Many Grammy telecast...
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A Shade of Jade: Interview With Rebecca Jade
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Rebecca Jade is a neo-soul/R&B singer from San Diego. Her new album, due to drop soon from Pacific Records, is called A Shade of Jade. Rebecca's voice conveys a touch of Etta James, a dash of Nina Simone and hints of Aretha Franklin. However, it's not fair to compare Jade's voice to any of the aforementioned soul divas. Jade's voice is both unique and distinctive, and it makes for easy listening. I had the opportunity to sit down with the diva and ask her a few questions. She emanates a vivacious energy, along with an easy-going personality and a great smile. She was fun to talk to. What is the most trouble you've ever gotten into? When I came home from playing in a basketball traveling team tournament in Texas with a tattoo, when I was 16. What are the five things you can't live without? A basketball, peppermint oil, some sort of candy (Snickers and chocolate-covered strawberries are my favorite), mascara and hot tea. What's your favorite song to belt out in ...
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Why The Deaths Of All These Musical Legends Are Getting To Us
Huffington Post - about 1 year
  Our boomer world was rocked by the recent deaths of so many musical legends from our generation -- David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Natalie Cole. The sudden news -- and the quantity! -- caught us off-guard, forced a trip down memory lane, and had us thinking about our own mortality this week. We asked Huff/Post50 Facebook friends to share their thoughts. Joncile Martin was shocked to hear that Eagles guitarist and solo artist Glenn Frey was in his 60s. She wrote, "In my mind, the Eagles will always be in their 20s and 30s and have the same sweet sound they have had for 40+ years!" The sheer number of deaths impacted Karron Wood, who wrote, "It started with [70-year-old] Lemmy [Kilmister, frontman for Motorhead], then [65-year-old] Natalie Cole, then [69-year-old David] Bowie, then [64-year-old] Mic [Gillette, renowned brass player and founding member] from Tower of Power, then [Gary Loizzo, the 70-year-old former] singer with American Breed ...... and now [Eagles guitarist G ...
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Funeral held for singer Natalie Cole
CNN - about 1 year
Singer Natalie Cole was given a final send-off by her family and friends in Los Angeles on Monday in a service befitting an "unforgettable" artist, known for her duets with her father Nat King Cole, mainstream hits like "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," and her sophisticated interpretation of the American songbook.
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Natalie Cole Remembered With Mix of Music and Laughter
abc News - about 1 year
Natalie Cole was remembered as a loyal friend, "the best and bossiest big sister," and a worthy successor to her famous father's legacy in a joyous and music-filled funeral highlighting her Baptist faith
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Natalie Cole's funeral to be a celebration of singer in South L.A.
LATimes - about 1 year
Chaka Khan is among those scheduled to perform Monday at funeral services for Natalie Cole in South Los Angeles. The services for the Grammy Award-winning singer -- who died on New Year's Eve at age 65 -- will be held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ’s 5,000-seat cathedral at Crenshaw and...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Natalie Cole
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    Cole canceled several events in December 2015 due to illness.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported on January 1, 2016, that she had died the day prior at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her family stated that at the time of her death, Cole had "ongoing health issues". According to Cole's publicist, Maureen O’Connor, the singer's death was the result of congestive heart failure. In official news on her cause of death, her family stated that Cole was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension after her kidney transplant in 2009. Cole's son, along with her sisters, offered the following comment. "Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived... with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever." Cole's funeral was held on January 11, 2016, at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. David Foster, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Eddie Levert, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Jesse Jackson, Angela Bassett, Denise Nicholas, Marla Gibbs, Jackée Harry and Freda Payne were among the mourners at the funeral. After the funeral, she was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    In February 2012, Cole appeared as a guest judge on the fourth series of reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race.
    More Details Hide Details The bottom two competitors lip-synced to her song This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) to decide who would stay and who would be eliminated. On Father’s Day, 2013, Natalie was in Tina Sinatra's Father’s Day Special on Sirius Radio. It also featured Deana Martin, Monica Mancini and Daisy Torme, all reminiscing about their famous fathers.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    On July 22, 2011, Cole appeared on the reality television series, The Real Housewives of New York City.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 60
    In September 2010, Cole performed with Andrea Bocelli in a concert at the Kodak Theatre, for his album My Christmas, in which she recorded a duet with him, and from December 10–13, 2009, she appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in their annual Christmas concerts.
    More Details Hide Details Both were videotaped for presentation on PBS in December 2010.
  • 2009
    Age 59
    Cole also performed "Something's Gotta Give" on American Idol on April 29, 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    On the February 5, 2007, episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Cole sang "I Say a Little Prayer" at a benefit dinner for Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson).
    More Details Hide Details She can also be seen in the last scene of Nas' music video for "Can't Forget About You". The song uses a sample of her father's song "Unforgettable". Cole is sitting at a piano in a cabaret-style lounge mouthing her father's song with Nas standing beside her.
  • 2006
    Age 56
    On December 2, 2006, Cole performed for the first time in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, as part of the annual Cayman Jazz Fest.
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    Cole made a number of dramatic appearances on television, including guest appearances on I'll Fly Away, Touched by an Angel, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2006, she made a memorable guest appearance on the ABC show Grey's Anatomy as a terminally ill patient.
    More Details Hide Details Her character visited Seattle Grace Hospital to have a fork removed from her neck that her husband had stabbed her with during a mishap; the couple had been having sex in public. Cole also made several appearances in feature films, most recently in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely. She appeared in several made-for-TV movies, most notably as the lead in Lily in Winter. Cole was featured on Macy Gray's album Big, singing "Finally Make Me Happy". In 2001, she starred as herself in Livin' for Love: the Natalie Cole Story, for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. She also sang the national anthem with the Atlanta University Center Chorus at Super Bowl XXVIII.
  • 2002
    Age 52
    She changed to Verve Records and released two albums. 2002's Ask a Woman Who Knows continued her jazz aspirations, while 2006's Leavin' again featured Cole singing pop, rock and R&B standards.
    More Details Hide Details Her cover of Aretha Franklin's "Daydreaming", became a minor hit on the R&B charts. In 2008, seventeen years after Unforgettable... with Love, Cole released Still Unforgettable, which included not only songs made famous by her father but other artists, including Frank Sinatra. The album later resulted in Grammy wins for Cole. In April 2012, she appeared as a Pennington Great Performers series artist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
  • 2001
    Age 51
    In 2001, Cole married bishop Kenneth Dupree; they divorced in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Cole was active in the Afghan World Foundation cause, supporting Sonia Nassery Cole (no relation). In 2000, Cole released an autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder, which described her battle with drugs during much of her life, including heroin and crack cocaine. Cole said she began recreational drug use while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was arrested in Toronto, Canada, for possession of heroin in 1975. Cole continued to spiral out of control – including one incident during which she refused to evacuate a burning building, and another during which her young son Robert nearly drowned in the family swimming pool while she was on a drug binge. She entered rehab in 1983. Her autobiography was released in conjunction with a made-for-TV movie, Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story, which aired December 10, 2000 on NBC and re-aired October 26, 2011, on Centric TV.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    In 1999, Cole returned to her 1980s-era urban contemporary recording style with the release of Snowfall on the Sahara on June and second holiday album The Magic of Christmas on October, which recorded with London Symphony Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, the singer collaborated on the production of her biopic, Livin' For Love: The Natalie Cole Story, which featured Theresa Randle in the role of Cole. She also released the compilation Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 to fulfill her contract with Elektra.
  • 1993
    Age 43
    Cole followed that success with another album of jazz standards, titled Take a Look, in 1993, which included her recording of the title track in the same styling that her idol Aretha Franklin had recorded nearly 30 years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details The album eventually went gold while a holiday album, Holly & Ivy, also became gold. Another standards release, Stardust, went platinum and featured another duet with her father on a modern version of "When I Fall in Love", which helped Cole earn another Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
  • 1991
    Age 41
    Cole released her best-selling album with 1991's Unforgettable... with Love on Elektra Records, which saw Cole singing songs her famous father recorded, nearly 20 years after she initially had refused to cover her father's songs during live concerts.
    More Details Hide Details Cole produced vocal arrangements for the songs, with piano accompaniment by her uncle Ike Cole. Cole's label released an interactive duet between Cole and her father on the title song, "Unforgettable". The song eventually reached number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the R&B chart, going gold. Unforgettable with Love eventually sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone and won several Grammys, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance for the top song.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 40
    In 1990, she (along with jazz vocalist Al Jarreau) sang the song "Mr. President" (written by Ray Reach, Mike Loveless and Joe Sterling) on HBO's Comic Relief special, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
    More Details Hide Details After Johnny Mathis appeared on a special of Cole's in 1980, the two kept in contact, and in 1992, he invited Cole to be a part of his television special titled "A Tribute To Nat Cole" for BBC-TV in England. It had high viewer ratings and was successful. From that project, an album with the same name was released, and featured several medley and solo numbers. In 1992, following the success of the Unforgettable: With Love album, PBS broadcast a special based on the album. Unforgettable, With Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat "King" Cole received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program; and Cole received a nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance, losing to Bette Midler. In 1993, she was among the Guests of Honor attending Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. She was interviewed by television staff after the conclusion of the Money Incorporated vs Megamaniacs tag team match regarding her upcoming work. The same year she performed at the 65th Academy Awards performing a medley of two Oscar-nominated songs: "Run to You" and "I Have Nothing", both originally performed by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard.
  • 1989
    Age 39
    In 1989, Cole married record producer and former drummer for the band Rufus, Andre Fischer; they were divorced in 1995.
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    In 1989, she released her follow-up to Everlasting, Good to Be Back, which produced the number two hit "Miss You Like Crazy"; it also achieved international success, reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom.
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  • 1988
    Age 38
    Cole carved out a secondary career in acting. She also appeared several times in live concerts or other music related programs, including the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute with sidemen Richard Campbell, Jeffrey Worrell, Eddie Cole and Dave Joyce.
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  • 1987
    Age 37
    Following her release, she signed with the Atco imprint Modern Records and released Dangerous, which started a slow resurgence for Cole in terms of record sales and chart success. In 1987, she changed to EMI-Manhattan Records and released the album Everlasting, which returned her to the top of the charts thanks to singles such as "Jump Start (My Heart)", the top ten ballad, "I Live For Your Love", and her dance-pop cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac".
    More Details Hide Details That success helped Everlasting reach one million in sales and become Cole's first platinum album in ten years.
  • 1983
    Age 33
    In 1983, following the release of her album I'm Ready, released on Epic, Cole entered a rehab facility in Connecticut and reportedly stayed there for a period of six months.
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  • 1981
    Age 31
    In 1981, Cole's personal problems, including battles with drug addiction, began to attract public notice, and her career suffered as a result.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 30
    Cole and Yancy got divorced in 1980 before Yancy died of a heart attack in 1985, aged 34.
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    Following the release of her eighth album, 1980's Don't Look Back, Cole's career began to take a detour.
    More Details Hide Details While Cole scored an adult contemporary hit with the soft rock ballad "Someone That I Used To Love" off the album, the album itself failed to go gold.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978, Cole released her first live album, Natalie Live!
    More Details Hide Details In early 1979, the singer was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, she released two more albums, I Love You So and the Peabo Bryson duet album, We're the Best of Friends. Both albums reached gold status in the U.S. continuing her popularity.
  • 1977
    Age 27
    Later in 1977, Cole issued her fourth release and second platinum album, Thankful, which included another signature Cole hit, "Our Love".
    More Details Hide Details Cole was the first female artist to have two platinum albums in one year. To capitalize on her fame, Cole starred on her own TV special, which attracted such celebrities as Earth, Wind & Fire, and also appeared on the TV special, "Sinatra and Friends."
  • 1976
    Age 26
    Cole was married three times. She married Marvin Yancy, songwriter, producer and former member of the 1970s R&B group The Independents on July 31, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details She had a son, Robert Adam "Robbie" Yancy (born October 14, 1977); he is now a musician who toured with her. Marvin was her producer, and an ordained Baptist minister who helped reintroduce her to religion. Under his influence, Cole changed from a lapsed Episcopalian to become a devout Baptist.
    Becoming an instant star, Cole responded to critics of an impending sophomore slump with Natalie, released in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details The album, like Inseparable, became a gold success thanks to the funk-influenced cut "Sophisticated Lady" and the jazz-influenced "Mr. Melody". Cole released her first platinum record with her third release, Unpredictable, mainly thanks to the number-one R&B hit, "I've Got Love on My Mind". Originally an album track, the album's closer, "I'm Catching Hell", nonetheless became a popular Cole song during live concert shows.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    Released in 1975, the album became an instant success thanks to "This Will Be", which became a top ten hit and later winning Cole a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
    More Details Hide Details A second single, "Inseparable", also became a hit. Both songs reached number-one on the R&B chart. Cole also won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards for her accomplishments. The media's billing of Cole as the "new Aretha Franklin" inadvertently started a rivalry between the two singers.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    She later transferred back to the University of Massachusetts, where she majored in Child Psychology and minored in German, graduating in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Cole grew up listening to a variety of artists from soul artists such as Aretha Franklin to psychedelic blues-rock icon Janis Joplin. After graduation she began singing at small clubs with her band, Black Magic. Clubs initially welcomed her because she was Nat King Cole's daughter, only to be disappointed when she began covering R&B and rock numbers. While performing, she was noted by a couple of producers in the Chicago area, Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy, who then approached her to do records. After cutting several records together, they passed off the music to several record labels. Most labels turned them down with one exception. Capitol Records, her father's label, heard the records and agreed to sign her. Cole, Yancy, and Jackson went into studios in Los Angeles to polish the recordings they had shipped, resulting in the release of Cole's debut album, Inseparable, which included songs that reminded listeners of Aretha Franklin. In fact, Franklin later contended that songs such as "This Will Be", "I Can't Say No", and others were originally offered to her while she was recording the You album. Franklin turned most of the songs down but agreed to record the title track for her album. Cole also recorded "You".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 15
    Her paternal uncle Freddy Cole is a singer and pianist with numerous albums and awards. Cole enrolled in Northfield School for Girls, an elite New England preparatory school (since 1971 known as Northfield Mount Hermon School) before her father died of lung cancer in February 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Soon afterwards she began having a difficult relationship with her mother. She enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She transferred briefly to University of Southern California where she pledged the Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born on February 6, 1950.
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