Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 - February 15, 1965),
known professionally as Nat King Cole (or Nat "King" Cole), was a
popular American jazz singer, songwriter, and pianist.
He first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist, then
switched his emphasis to singing, becoming one of the most popular
and best-known vocalists of all time Cole was inducted into both
the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.
In 2007, Nat "King" Cole was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall
of Fame. In 1991, Mosaic Records released The Complete Capitol
Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio, an 18 compact disc set,
consisting of 349 songs. (This special compilation also was
available as a 27 high-quality LP record set.)
Nat's youngest brother Freddy Cole, and Nat's daughter, Natalie
Cole are also singers. In the summer of 1991, Natalie and her
father had an unexpected hit when Natalie mixed her own voice with
her father's 1961 rendition of "Unforgettable", as part of her
album paying tribute to her father's music. The song and the album
of the same name won seven Grammy awards in 1992.