Wikipedia : This day (February 15, 1965), in Santa Monica, California, died Nathaniel Adams Coles a.k.a. Nat King Cole, an American singer.
Nat King Cole @allmusic : From the late ’40s to the mid-’60s, he was a massively successful pop singer who ranked with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin.
Nat King Cole @last.fm : His first mainstream vocal hit was in 1944 with Straighten Up And Fly Right, based on a black folk tale that his father had used as a theme for a sermon. Although hardly a rocker, the song’s success proved that an audience for folk-based material existed. It is considered a predecessor to the first rock and roll records.
Video : My Flaming Heart (1953) . What’S My Line? (1953) . When I Fall In Love (1957) . w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Lamento Negro (1958) . The Christmas Song . Unforgettable . Mona Lisa . After Midnight Once More (1961) .