Nat King Cole

Singer, musician Nat King Cole

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.
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Jazz Journal, September 2011 contents in full - Jazz Journal
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Plus a host of reissues or unissued archive material, including: Gene Ammons, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Anthony Braxton, Clifford Brown, Dave Brubeck, Serge Chaloff, Nat Cole, Ornette Coleman, Jamie Cullum, Jim Galloway, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie,
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'Paul Robeson' tells of immense talent, activism - Charlotte Observer
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Jackie Robinson, Nat Cole, George Washington Carver and Joe Louis, masters of their crafts who usually endured bigotry with stoic silence, were "credits" to black people everywhere. Robeson was not. White society found his preachments for peace and
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Maudslay winds up season with Broadnax, Walker Creek Band - Foster's Daily Democrat
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... drummer Les Harris, Jr. Known for his "King Thing" (Nat Cole's singing and playing), and the powerful influence of Joe Williams, Broadnax has appeared with many nationally recognized jazz artists including such notables as Clark Terry, Joe Williams
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The Off-Handed Cool of Michael Franks - PopMatters
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And there was also this singer from Southern California with a Masters in English who managed to combine the sensibilities of Nat Cole, Antonia Carlos Jobim, Dave Frishberg, and… James Taylor, maybe? Michael Franks was from La Jolla, California—born
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Peter Lamb & the Wolves, Shana Tucker Quartet - The Independent Weekly
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Lamb's arrangements of Ray Charles, Nat Cole, Tom Waits and Astor Piazzolla throw the classics for a toe-tapping loop-de-loop. Meanwhile, beautiful intensity exudes from the "chambersoul" of Shana Tucker, a singer-songwriter whose main instrument is
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Grandpa's iPod - Marinscope Community Newspapers
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And the crooners: Crosby, Sinatra, Bennett, Damone, Dick Haymes, Perry Como, Nat Cole. And the “songbirds”: Martha Tilton, Margaret Whiting, Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford. What a lush time it was for pop music
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Cadence: 4 Men, 4 Microphones, No Instruments - JazzTimes Magazine
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... Lennon and McCartney's “Drive My Car,” Stevie Wonder's “I Wish,” “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” Billy Joel's “She's Got a Way About Her” and such — plus the sturdiest of a capella jazz standards, Nat Cole and Irving Mills' “Straighten Up and Fly Right
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Q&A: A PR man still talks up his clients at age 93 - Houston Chronicle
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In 1952, we did a show with Duke Ellington, Nat Cole and Sarah Vaughan at the City Auditorium. A few years later I became promoter for the Harlem Globetrotters in Houston. When Goose Tatum left the Globetrotters, I started bringing Goose Tatum's Harlem
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How Uduaghan, Ogboru fought rerun petition war - The Nation Newspaper
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But the evidence of Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim, NPF, Alagbon and Nat Cole were admitted despite strenuous protestation by Olanipekun. Then, Uduaghan began his defence. The contested local government areas are parts of Warri South, Warri South/West, Warri North,
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"Mit Drogen ist sie ein größerer Star als ohne" - sueddeutsche.de
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"Frank" war ein stimmungsvolles Popalbum, dass sich explizit, aber mit viel Fingerspitzengefühl auf große Vorbilder des Soul, Jazz und R'n'B berief von Roy Ayers, Carole King, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat Cole, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles und Frank
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Monty Alexander Trio, Tourcoing Jazz Festival - viaFrance
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Une série d'albums enivrants où son toucher, lumineux du coup, surfe sur la rythmique reggae. Après The Good life en hommage à Tony Bennet en 2008, Monty Alexander sort Calypso blues songs of Nat Cole en 2009, avant de débuter une nouvelle tournée en
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CALIFORNIAN: Trio to revive Cole's music at the Merc - North County Times
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The Nat Cole Trio played a full evening of songs associated with Cole. Well, it will be more of the same tonight. Hughes put the act together four or five years ago, but Proulx said that each musician in the trio is so involved in other projects,
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Screaming Jets to play Summernats - The Canberra Times
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Indie rockers Children Collide, blues band Nat Cole and the Kings and hip-hop act Drapht will play on the Friday night. The mix of genres for Friday's entertainment is a departure from the traditional rock-based Summernats entertainment
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From Madras to Melbourne - The Hindu
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After teaching himself to play the banjo-mandolin, Tommy presented Nat Cole King's 'Pretend' — which he practised after listening to it on Radio Ceylon — and won a contest at the Railway Institute (Trichy), where Fernandes was a judge!
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Chuck Deardorf - Transparence - Origin Records - Audiophile Audition
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The inventive guitarist Bruce Forman is the featured player on “Alone Together”, “Bruzette” and the Nat Cole-recorded classic “Sweet Lorraine”. Forman's brilliant playing provided a combination of tenacity and beauty to the offerings
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Serious standards, - Montreal Gazette
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Like Nat Cole, her piano and voice are in total sync. While sales figures prove her popularity, getting respect from the jazz police is another matter. Of course, she cares about respect from people she looks up to but, in another sense,
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Serious standards, Diana Krall style - Montreal Gazette
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Like Nat Cole, her piano and voice are in total sync. While sales figures prove her popularity, getting respect from the jazz police is another matter. Of course, she cares about respect from people she looks up to but, in another sense,
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Black Music(al) Month - Washington Informer
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But through this drama, written by Dominic Taylor and directed by Lou Bellamy, a glance into the real Nat Cole, played by Dennis W. Spears, is revealed. Cole, who used the sanitizing effect of the camera to circumvent racial prejudice,
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  • 1965
    Sadly, the movie 'Cat Ballou' (his last movie) was a movie he never got to see, as he died during the post-production of the movie, and passed away a few weeks before its theatrical release in 1965.
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    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.
  • 1964
    Cole's last album, L-O-V-E, was recorded in early December 1964—just a few days before he entered the hospital for cancer treatment—and was released just before he died.
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    In September 1964, Cole began losing weight and having back pain.
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    In January 1964, Cole made one of his final television appearances, on The Jack Benny Program.
  • 1961
    He was among the dozens of entertainers recruited by Frank Sinatra to perform at the Kennedy Inaugural gala in 1961.
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    The Coles were married in Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. They had five children: Natalie (1950–2015), who had a successful career as a singer; an adopted daughter, Carole (1944–2009, the daughter of Maria's sister), who died of lung cancer at the age of 64; an adopted son, Nat Kelly Cole (1959–1995), who died of AIDS at the age of 36; and twin daughters, Casey and Timolin (born September 26, 1961), whose birth was announced in the "Milestones" column of Time magazine on October 6, 1961 (along with the birth of Melissa Newman).
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    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).
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  • 1960
    In 1960, Cole's longtime collaborator Nelson Riddle left Capitol Records for Frank Sinatra's newly formed Reprise Records.
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  • 1959
    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".
  • 1958
    A Mis Amigos contains the Venezuelan hit "Ansiedad", whose lyrics Cole learned while performing in Caracas in 1958.
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    In 1958, Cole went to Havana, Cuba, to record Cole Español, an album sung entirely in Spanish.
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  • 1957
    The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show aired December 17, 1957.
    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.
  • 1956
    Cole sang at the 1956 Republican National Convention in the Cow Palace, Daly City, California, to show support for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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    On November 5, 1956, The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC.
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    Cole's shift to pop music led some jazz critics and fans to accuse him of selling out, but he never abandoned his jazz roots; as late as 1956 he recorded an all-jazz album, After Midnight, and many of his albums after this are fundamentally jazz-based, being scored for big band without strings, although the arrangements focus primarily on the vocal rather than instrumental leads.
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    Completed in 1956, it was the world's first circular office building and became known as "The House that Nat Built".
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  • 1948
    On March 28, 1948 (Easter Sunday), just six days after his divorce became final, Cole married the singer Maria Hawkins Ellington (she had sung with the Duke Ellington band but was not related to Duke Ellington).
    This marriage ended in divorce in 1948.
  • 1946
    In 1946, the Cole trio paid to have their own 15-minute radio program on the air, King Cole Trio Time.
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  • 1943
    Cole's first mainstream vocal hit was his 1943 recording of one of his compositions, "Straighten Up and Fly Right", based on a black folk tale that his father had used as a theme for a sermon.
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    The King Cole Trio signed with the fledgling Capitol Records in 1943.
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  • 1936
    His older brother, Eddie, a bass player, soon joined Cole's band, and they made their first recording in 1936, under Eddie's name.
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    Cole left Chicago in 1936 to lead a band in a revival of Eubie Blake's revue Shuffle Along.
  • 1919
    Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 17, 1919.
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