Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole was a leading jazz pianist in the late 1930's. His trio of piano, guitar, & bass was emulated by many. Born on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A., he gained fame with his composition "Straighten Up and Fly Right" in 1943. With his soft baritone voice, Cole became an icon recording mainstream pop material. He hosted "The Nat King Cole Show," one of the first television variety shows hosted by an African American. Cole received numerous awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 and induction into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997 and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.


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