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Nat King Cole –

About Nat King Cole (1919 – 1965)
Nat 'King' Cole was born on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama. On February 15, 1965 Nat 'King' Cole passed away in Santa Monica, California from lung cancer.

His birth name was Nathaniel Adams Coles. Sometimes Nat 'King' Cole is credited as Nat Cole, The King Cole Trio, The Nat King Cole Trio and King Cole Trio. At 12, he was playing the church organ and at 14 he formed a 14 piece band called the Royal Dukes.

In 1939 Nat formed the King Cole Trio after his publicist put a silver tin-foiled crown on his head and proclaimed him King. Nat King Cole toured Europe and made a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II. Cole was a big baseball fan and had a permanent box seat at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

In 1965 Nat King Cole appeared in Cat Ballou, starring Lee Marvin.

Cole appeared in several movies as the singer on stage of the Stardust.

During the first season Nat's show, The Nat King Cole Show (1956) was on the air, it had no sponsor. It was Nat who pulled the plug, remarking bitterly, "I guess Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark."

Two weeks before his death Nat King Cole made his last recordings for the L*O*V*E album (Capitol, 1965). In 1989 Cole was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy award. Incredibly enough, he was nominated for a Grammy only once in his lifetime, in 1958, and lost.

Cole was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.

Nat King Cole's notable movie credits include...

Cat Ballou (1965)
Night Of The Quarter Moon (1959)
Istanbul (1957)
The Adventures Of Hajji Baba (1954)
Pin Up Girl (1944)
Citizen Kane (1941)


Nat 'King' Cole in Pin Up Girl (1944).

Nat 'King' Cole (center) in Istanbul (1957).