Legendary Jazz Icon Natalie Cole Passes
We are saddened to learn that we lost another musical legend. Natalie Cole died on New Year’s Eve at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to “complications from ongoing health issues.” Multiple sources released a statement from her family – her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole:
“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever”
Natalie suffered from hepatitis C which she believed she contracted from her prior drug use. She had a liver transplant in 2009 after she appeared on Larry King Live.
Natalie Cole had Music in her Blood
Natalie was born with musical talent. How could she avoid it? Not only was she named after her renowned father, Nat King Cole, her mother, Maria Hawkins Ellington Cole, who was also a jazz singer that worked with Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Virtual Duet Pioneer
Though Natalie had her own musical hits such as, “This Will Be” and “Our Love,” she is also know for her multi-platinum, Grammy award winning virtual duet with her father, the late, great, Nat King Cole. In 1991, she recorded an album entitled, “Unforgettable … With Love,” which won six Grammy Awards in 1992, including album of the year. The “Unforgettable” duet won record and song of the year. The album won every award for which it was nominated.
In and interview with The Associated Press in 1991, Natalie said, “I didn’t shed really any real tears until the album was over, . . .Then I cried a whole lot. When we started the project it was a way of reconnecting with my dad. Then when we did the last song, I had to say goodbye again.”
The virtual duet with her father of his timeless hit, “Unforgettable, ” is still being played daily on radio stations. Watch her emotional live performance here –
This YouTube link will play several of Natalie and Nat King Cole’s virtual duets. Hope they make you “SMILE.”
Nat King Cole died on February 15, 1965
I find it no coincidence that Natalie Cole died at the age of 65 in 2015 and her legendary father, Nat King Cole, passed away in 1965 when she was 15. God’s plan is masterful. May their memory be eternal.
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