From November 23rd – 28th in 1976, Natalie Cole performed on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater. She had been having a record year. In 1975 her song “This Will Be” led the first of her two Grammys, for Sophisticated Lady. In 1977 her album Unpredictable went platinum. During the 1970s she sang on six major albums and collected several more Grammy Awards. In the midst of this successful recording career she became addicted to drugs. After a long battle, she again rose to the top of the charts in 1991 with her hugely successful album, Unforgettable… With Love. It became “the most significant album of the decade.” Natalie had brought back her father Nat King Cole’s memories as she sang songs he had recorded and included a duet between father and daughter. Unforgettable…With Love, won three Grammys, including Album of the Year.
Born in Los Angeles in February 6, 1950, to Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Ellington. Natalie began singing professionally as a child. Her father included the six year old Natalie on his Christmas album. At age 11, she began performing professionally. School came first as she attended Northfield School and then the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She majored in child psychology and minored in German. While still in collage she started singing rock and R&B covers at clubs with her band, Black Magic. She joined her father’s team over at Capitol Records.
Cole was again ready to make her Broadway debut in a legit show in 2014 with After Midnight, but the show before that could happen.
In the end Natalie won ten Grammys in total and sold more than thirty million records over the course of her career. In total, she was nominated for 21 Grammy Awards.
Cole suffered from congestive heart failure and died at the age of sixty-five. She is survived by her son, Robert Yancy, as well as two sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole.