Today is the day. March 17. The 100th anniversary of the birth of the incomparable Nat King Cole. Born as Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama in 1919, he rose to fame via both Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California as a jazz pianist and singer, first with The Nat King Cole Trio and later as a solo artist. He left a mark on not only the music industry and popular culture, but also on society itself, rising above discrimination with a message of hope and love, bringing joy to countless millions of listeners. Happy Birthday Nat King Cole! #NatKingCole100
Posted by Nat King Cole on Sunday, March 17, 2019
March 17, 1919
Nat “King” Cole, one of the biggest stars in pop music during the 1940s and ‘50s, was born in Montgomery. After his family moved to Chicago, the young Cole was drawn to that’s city’s lively music scene and he was exposed to some of the influential artists of the day, including Louis Armstrong. After marrying, Cole and his wife moved to Los Angeles, and he found early success there as a singer-pianist leading a jazz trio. He hit it big as a vocalist in 1943 with the song, “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” which ignited both music and film stardom. Huge hits such as “Mona Lisa” and “Unforgettable” followed and in 1956 he became the first African-American to host a television network variety show. In the 1960s Cole suffered significant financial losses in a failed Broadway show, and then was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died in 1965.
Nat King Cole
Has a Triad Connection-His Wife Maria Cole Lived in Right outside of Greensboro NC. Her Aunt had a finishing School for African Americans called Palmer Institute.