Today iconic performer and first black man to have his own TV show, Nat King Cole passes away at 45 in Santa Monica.

This day (February 15, 1965), in Santa Monica, California, died Nathaniel Adams Coles a.k.a. Nat King Cole, an American singer.

DIGEST

Digest Tracklist :

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) .

TOP 10

Nat King Cole Top 10 :

L-O-V-E . Unforgettable . Caroling, Caroling . Smile . When I Fall In Love . Nature Boy . Mona Lisa . O Come All Ye Faithful . Joy To The World . Deck the Halls .

SELECTED ALBUMS

Released on December 3, 1996, All for You (A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio) is the third album by Diana Krall. >>

Nat King Cole‘s Just One of Those Things is an album arranged by Billy May and recorded on July 10th, 19th, 31st, August 7th, 1957. >>

Recorded between October 28 and November 13, 1965, With Respect to Nat is a studio ( in tribute to Nat King Cole who had died earlier that year) album by Oscar Peterson singing on all tracks but one >>

Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable… with Love is an album, released on June 11, 1991, featuring covers of standards performed by Natalie’s father, Nat King Cole. >>

Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole by George Benson is a studio album (featuring covers of Cole’s greatest songs) released on June 4, 2013. >>

Recorded on January 27, 28, 1953 and August 23, 25, 1955, Nat King Cole Sings for Two In Love is an album by Nat King Cole, arranged by Nelson Riddle. >>

Recorded on January 29–31, 1958, St. Louis Blues is an album (arranged by Nelson Riddle) by Nat King Cole. It is the soundtrack to the film of the same name that starred Cole. >>

Recorded on December 19 & 28, 1956, Love Is the Thing is an album (the first of four collaborations with arranger Gordon Jenkins) by Nat King Cole. >>

Recorded on February 17, 18, 20, June 11, 30, 1958, Cole Español is a studio album by Nat King Cole, arranged by Nelson Riddle. >>

MORE VIDEOS

[1957] NBC airs the last episode of The Nat King Cole Show with Billy Eckstine guesting. Nat himself has decided to stop the show for lack of sponsors. Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark he said. >> 23 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1957] for his own NBC show, Nat King Cole is accompanied by Jazz At The Philharmonic – that is Illinois Jacquet (ts), Ray Brown (b), Roy Eldridge (tp), Stan Getz (ts), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Oscar Peterson (p), Flip Phillips (ts), Herb Ellis (g) and Papa Jo Jones (d) – . >> 10 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1963] you do not want to miss An Evening with Nat King Cole, a live recording aired on the English BBC >> 47 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1957] you do not miss Nat King Cole singing in French on the Nat King Cole Show specially dedicated to Paris >> 24 MINUTES on RVM

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Wikipedia : This day (February 15, 1965), in Santa Monica, California, died Nathaniel Adams Coles a.k.a. Nat King Cole, an American singer.

@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.

@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.

@Discogs : Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 (Early Influence).

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