Nat King Cole – Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), , was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first black man to host an American television series.
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Cole was born on March 17, 1919, in Montgomery, Alabama. Known for his smooth and well-articulated vocal style, Cole actually started out as a piano man. He first learned to play around the age of four with help from his mother, a church choir director. The son of a Baptist pastor, Cole may have started out playing religious music.
In his early teens, Cole had formal classical piano training. He eventually abandoned classical for his other musical passion — jazz. Earl Hines, a leader of modern jazz, was one of Cole’s biggest inspirations. At 15, he dropped out of school to become a jazz pianist full time. Cole joined forces with his brother Eddie for a time, which led to his first professional recordings in 1936.
Nat King Cole Backing Tracks – A Blossom Fell … Answer Me My Love … Autumn Leaves … Ballerina … Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) … Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup … For All We Know … For Sentimental Reasons … If I May … I’m In The Mood For Love … It’s Only A Paper Moon … Let’s Face The Music And Dance … Let There Be Love … L O V E … Mona Lisa … Pretend … Ramblin Rose … Route 66 … Send For Me … Smile … Somewhere Along The Way … Straighten Up And Fly Right … The Very Thought Of You … Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer … Too Young (To Go Steady) … Unforgettable … Walking My Baby Back Home … When I Fall In Love …