Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole

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This exhaustively researched biography of the great pianist and singer Nat King Cole delves into his storied musical career and life. Cole's experiences with racism, his friendships wil kings and queens, and his influence on music—from bebop to pop—are fully examined in this wide ranging portrait of a legenday artist.

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Overview

This exhaustively researched biography of the great pianist and singer Nat King Cole delves into his storied musical career and life. Cole's experiences with racism, his friendships wil kings and queens, and his influence on music—from bebop to pop—are fully examined in this wide ranging portrait of a legenday artist.

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Downbeat Magazine
A Nat King Cole biography of the first order.
Los Angeles Times
Nat King Cole (1916-1965) was one of the seminal jazz pianists of his day, whose influence ranged from bebop to pop. Far from subsiding, the debate over the heart of Cole's talent and appeal has resurfaced. Unforgettable sets the pianist-singer's career in a much-needed perspective.
— Leonard Feather
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410829
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix
An Overview xv
Chapter 1 Nathaniel Adams Coles in Chicago 1
Chapter 2 Hanging onto the Buzzard for Dear Life in California 20
Chapter 3 The Trio Begins to Travel 38
Chapter 4 Enter Carlos Gastel 49
Chapter 5 Friends Witness the Rise 54
Chapter 6 A Record Contract, and the Hits Begin 58
Chapter 7 Merging Jazz and Pop and Climbing on the Roller Coaster 65
Chapter 8 Enter the Strings 74
Chapter 9 A Nonscandal 82
Chapter 10 Tying the Knot 90
Chapter 11 1948--A Year with Nearly Everything 95
Chapter 12 "Nature Boy" 107
Chapter 13 Nat Begins Family Feuds with the Jazz Critics and His Own Jazz Trio 113
Chapter 14 The Midas Touch of the "King" 123
Chapter 15 Nat King Cole and His Trio on the Road--and Another Transition 134
Chapter 16 "Mona Lisa" Ensures a Luxurious Life-style for the Coles and Their New Baby, "Sweetie" 145
Chapter 17 But the IRS Nearly Takes It All 151
Chapter 18 An Apology at Carnegie Hall 159
Chapter 19 Winning the Battle in Las Vegas 165
Chapter 20 Capping Life at the Top in Pop in 1954 and 1955, Cole Records After Midnight, a Classic Jazz Album 170
Chapter 21 Even If You Can Go Home Again, Perhaps You Shouldn't 176
Chapter 22 A Chops-Breaking Ground-Breaking on Television 181
Chapter 23 A King at the Copacabana 187
Chapter 24 Exploring New Horizons 194
Chapter 25 The Coles Adopt a Son, as Nat Searches for a Way to the Broadway Stage 199
Chapter 26 Twins Surprise the Coles 209
Chapter 27 "Ramblin' Rose" 213
Chapter 28 Lung Cancer 219
An Afterword: A Panorama of Nat Cole's Brothers and Sisters and the Second Generation of the Cole Musical Dynasty 230
Bibliography 244
A Discographical Survey 246
Index 297
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