Nat “King” Cole (1919-1965) or Nathaniel Adams Cole was a superb Jazz Pianist, though he built his fame as a pop vocalist whose velvety pipes were caressingly smooth on the ear.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Cole pioneered a jazz trio format in the 40s, then scored some R&B hits before morphing into a slick pop balladeer in the 50s and beyond. In his heart, though, he was a committed, dyed-in-the-wool, jazz man and was a crucial figure in the early success of Capitol Records
The Grammy Museum is celebrating the life and career of legendary singer and pianist with a new exhibit Entitled “This Is Nat King Cole,” opened on March 17, 2020 what would have been Cole’s 101st birthday.
I’m a musician at heart. I know I’m not really a singer. I couldn’t compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it.
Nat “King” Cole
I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories. Nat “King” Cole
Although it’s been said many times, many ways…Merry Christmas to you! Nat King Cole
If you smile through your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow you’ll see the sun come shining through for you. Nat King Cole