Category: Nat King Cole

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Ebony Magazine Covers – 1953

Nat King Cole and his wife Maria Cole with t…

Nat King Cole and his wife Maria Cole with their son Nat Kelly Cole in 1960.

Photos by David Sutton

Born on this day: March 17, 1919 – Jazz and po…

Born on this day: March 17, 1919 – Jazz and pop music icon Nat King Cole (born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, AL). Happy Birthday to this musical giant on what would have been his 100th Birthday.

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1960′s Ebony Magazine Covers

1960′s Ebony Magazine Covers

Ebony Magazine Covers – 1953

Ebony Magazine Covers – 1953

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Nat King Cole with daughters Natalie and Car…

Nat King Cole with daughters Natalie and Carole at home circa 1962.

Natalie Cole photographed by Bobby Holland, …

Natalie Cole photographed by Bobby Holland, 1978.

Nat King Cole with wife his daughters Carole…

Nat King Cole with wife his daughters Carole and Natalie during a Capitol recording session circa 1955.

On this day in music history: July 8, 1950 – &…

On this day in music history: July 8, 1950 – “Mona Lisa” by Nat King Cole hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart for 8 weeks, also topping the Rhythm & Blues charts for 4 weeks on September 2, 1950. Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, it is the thirty first single release for the legendary jazz and pop vocalist from Montgomery, AL. The song is featured in the film “Captain Carey, U.S.A.” starring Alan Ladd. Arranged by Nelson Riddle and with instrumental backing by Les Baxter & His Orchestra, Cole’s version of the song is featured on the film’s soundtrack. “Mona Lisa” wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1951, quickly becoming a pop standard and is covered by numerous artists over the years, though Cole’s is widely regarded as the definitive version. Nat King Cole’s recording of “Mona Lisa” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1992.