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Nat King Cole was the famous and leading jazz pianist of his time. His full name is Nathaniel Adams Coles. With his soft, baritone voice, he won the heart of the American and also people of the world. He was also an expert of swing, traditional pop songs. Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1919.

His family was a culture and song loving family. He learned to play the organ from his mother. He performed first at the age of four and he began formal lesson of music at the age of 12. He was fascinated to music and song from very beginning and this fascination was built from going to clubs and watching performance of other famous artists. He started his performing in teen age and made their first recording in 1936.


Cole's first mainstream vocal hit was his 1943 recording of one of his compositions, "Straighten Up and Fly Right" which was sold over 500,000 copies! In 1946, He started to perform 15-minute radio program on the air, called "King Cole Trio Time." With the passage of time, Nat King Cole recorded "The Christmas Song”, “The Nat King Cole Story”, "Nature Boy", "Mona Lisa" , "Too Young"; "Unforgettable" After Midnight , "Smile", "Pretend", "A Blossom Fell", "Dear Lonely Hearts", "That Sunday, That Summer" "If I May", “Cole Español”, "Ansiedad," "Let There Be Love" with George Shearing, "Ramblin' Rose", "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" and so on.

He performed with other famous artists and singers of that time, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Frankie Laine, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, and Eartha Kitt. He also worked with well-known arrangers and conductors like Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Ralph Carmichael. Nat King Cole was a diversified, dynamic person. Besides singing, he performed in many short films, sitcoms, and television shows in his life. He fought against racism throughout his life. He was related to politics also. He got some recognition for his works. Nat King Cole was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award . The legendary jazz pianist, Nat King Cole was a chain smoker and rarely seen without a cigarette in his hand. As the result of that smoking, he was affected by lung cancer and died in February 1965.