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The Christmas Song, Nat

Nat "King" Cole

August 25th, 2009

Birth Name:
Nathaniel Adams Coles

Nat "King" Cole


Years Active:
'30s, '40s, '50s, '60s


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Nat "King" Cole


For a mild-mannered man whose music was always easy on the ear, Nat King Cole managed to be a figure of considerable controversy during his 30 years as a professional musician. From the late '40s to the mid-'60s, he was a massively successful pop singer who ranked with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. He shared with those peers a career that encompassed hit records, international touring, radio and television shows, and appearances in films. But unlike them, he had not emerged from a background as a band singer in the swing era. Instead, he had spent a decade as a celebrated jazz pianist, leading his own small group. Oddly, that was one source of controversy. For some reason, there seem to be more jazz critics than fans of traditional pop among music journalists, and Cole's transition from jazz to pop during a period when jazz itself was becoming less popular was seen by them as a betrayal. At the same time, as a prominent African-American entertainer during an era of tumultuous change in social relations among the races in the U.S., he sometimes found himself out of favor with different warring sides. His efforts at integration, which included suing hotels that refused to admit him and moving into a previously all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles, earned the enmity of racists; once, he was even physically attacked on-stage in Alabama. But civil rights activists sometimes criticized him for not doing enough for the cause.

Top Albums

The Christmas Song, Nat
1. The Christma..
The Very Best of Nat King Cole, Nat
2. The Very Bes..
The World of Nat King Cole (Standard U.S. Edition), Nat
3. The World of..
Unforgettable, Nat
4. Unforgettabl..
Nat King Cole: Holidays & Hits, Nat
5. Nat King Col..
The World of Nat King Cole (Deluxe Edition), Nat
6. The World of..
Nat King Cole: The Greatest Hits, Nat
7. Nat King Col..
Re:Generations, Nat
8. Re:Generatio..
Cole Español, Vol. 1, Nat
9. Cole Españo..
Merry Christmas from Nat King Cole - EP, Nat
10. Merry Christ..
Nat King Cole: The Ultimate Collection, Nat
11. Nat King Col..
L-O-V-E, Nat
12. L-O-V-E
Nat King Cole, Nat
13. Nat King Col..
After Midnight, Nat
14. After Midnig..
A Mis Amigos, Nat
15. A Mis Amigos
Nat King Cole Sings / The George Shearing Plays, George Shearing
16. Nat King Col..
Cole, Christmas & Kids, Nat
17. Cole, Christ..
The Very Thought of You, Nat
18. The Very Tho..
Re: Generations (Bonus Track Version), Nat
19. Re: Generati..
Christmas for Kids - From One to Ninety-Two, Nat
20. Christmas fo..

Top Songs

L-O-V-ENat King Cole2:32$1.29
UnforgettableWorld of Nat King Cole (Del..3:31$1.29
UnforgettableNat King Cole3:11$1.29
Mona LisaVery Best of Nat King Cole3:14$1.29
When I Fall In LoveNat King Cole3:10$1.29
SmileVery Best of Nat King Cole2:52$1.29
UnforgettableVery Best of Nat King Cole3:10$1.29
Day In - Day OutRe:Generations2:43$1.29
StardustVery Best of Nat King Cole3:14$1.29
SmileNat King Cole2:54$1.29
Walkin' My Baby Back HomeVery Best of Nat King Cole2:38$1.29
Very Thought of YouNat King Cole3:48$1.29
When I Fall In LoveVery Best of Nat King Cole3:08$1.29
L-O-V-E (French Version)World of Nat King Cole (Del..2:32$1.29
Mona LisaWorld of Nat King Cole (Del..3:16$1.29
Nature BoyUnforgettable2:54$1.29
Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summ..Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days ..2:25$1.29
Day In - Day Out (Mixed By Cut Chemi..Re: Generations (Bonus Trac..2:43$1.29
StardustNat King Cole3:14$1.29
Almost Like Being In LoveVery Best of Nat King Cole1:51$1.29
Day In - Day OutWorld of Nat King Cole (Sta..2:24$1.29
L-O-V-EWorld of Nat King Cole (Sta..2:34$1.29
You Stepped Out of a DreamWorld of Nat King Cole (Sta..2:37$1.29
Nature BoyWorld of Nat King Cole (Sta..2:40$1.29

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