Born: March 17, 1919 | Died: February 15, 1965 Instrument: Piano
Nat King Cole was one of the most popular singers ever to hit the American charts, but first he was a *great* jazz pianist. He could have been Oscar Peterson, had he not also had a winning singing syle. A brilliant recording and concert artist during the 40's, 50's and 60's, he attracted millions of fans around the world with a sensitive and caressing singing voice that was unmistakable.
Cole has a rare blend of technical musical knowledge and sheer performing artistry topped off with an abundance of showmanship. In the 23 years that he recorded with Capitol Records, he turned out hit after amazing hit - nearly 700 songs - all the while managing to remain a gentle, tolerant and gracious human being.