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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Clevelander and Famed Music Producer Tommy LiPuma Has Died
NPR - 11 months
A native Clevelander who became one the world’s most renowned music producers has died. Tommy LiPuma died yesterday in New York City at the age of 80. After leaving Cleveland in the early 1960s to work in the record industry, he was nominated for more than 30 Grammy Awards and won three. "Breezin'" by George Benson is one of the hits LiPuma produced along with songs across the musical spectrum by Al Jarreau, Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole and others. Adam Leach is senior director of libraries and archives at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum . He recalls a jazz recording LiPuma produced at Cuyahoga Community College during last year’s Tri-C Jazz Fest . Leach says it included a unique LiPuma attribute. “He sat in the middle of the room with the musicians. He always wanted to be part of the band in a sense and hear it and feel it with the musicians who were recording with him. And I think that set him apart from a lot of the producers who sit behind the
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Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyonce Still Hasn't Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Heaven's rock band got a lot better in 2016
CNN - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
"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, ...
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Watch: Was Natalie Cole Snubbed at the 2016 Grammy Awards?
ABC News - about 2 years
"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 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
  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 ...
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Funeral held for singer Natalie Cole
CNN - about 2 years
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 2 years
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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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Natalie Cole
  • 2015
    Age 65
    Cole canceled several events in December 2015 due to illness.
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  • 2012
    Age 62
    In February 2012, Cole appeared as a guest judge on the fourth series of reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race.
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    On July 22, 2011, Cole appeared on the reality television series, The Real Housewives of New York City.
  • 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.
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  • 2009
    Age 59
    Cole also performed "Something's Gotta Give" on American Idol on April 29, 2009.
  • 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).
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2001
    Age 51
    In 2001, Cole married bishop Kenneth Dupree; they divorced in 2004.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1989
    Age 39
    In 1989, Cole married record producer and former drummer for the band Rufus, Andre Fischer; they were divorced in 1995.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    Cole and Yancy got divorced in 1980 before Yancy died of a heart attack in 1985, aged 34.
    Following the release of her eighth album, 1980's Don't Look Back, Cole's career began to take a detour.
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  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978, Cole released her first live album, Natalie Live!
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  • 1977
    Age 27
    Later in 1977, Cole issued her fourth release and second platinum album, Thankful, which included another signature Cole hit, "Our Love".
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  • 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.
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    Becoming an instant star, Cole responded to critics of an impending sophomore slump with Natalie, released in 1976.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born on February 6, 1950.
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