"I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories."

  • Born Nathaniel Adams Coles March 17, 1919, in Montgomery, Alabama. Died Feb. 15, 1965, in Santa Monica, California.
  • While Nat "King" Cole started his own band, the King Cole Trio, in 1939, he found real chart success after going solo in 1950. "Mona Lisa" rose to No. 1 on the popular charts that same year, followed by 1951's classic, "Unforgettable," which reached No. 12.
  • In total, Cole recorded 28 Top 40 hits. His first Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 song came for "Darling He Vous Aime Beaucoup" in 1955. Cole earned his highest charting Hot 100 songs with "A Blossom Fell" (1955, No. 2) and "Ramblin' Rose" (1962, No. 2).
  • Cole earned his first GRAMMY win at the 2nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Performance By A "Top 40" Artist for "Midnight Flyer."
  • Did you know? Cole's daughter, Natalie Cole, released a duet version of "Unforgettable" 40 years after its 1951 release. She overdubbed her own vocals with her father's original vocals to orchestrate a touching tribute to her late father.
  • Established in 2008 by his twin daughters Timolin and Casey Cole, Nat King Cole Generation Hope honors the legacy of their father and mother, Maria Cole. The 501(c)(3) organization dedicates their resources to build sustainable music programs for schools around the country.

Nat "King" Cole

"I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories."

  • Born Nathaniel Adams Coles March 17, 1919, in Montgomery, Alabama. Died Feb. 15, 1965, in Santa Monica, California.
  • While Nat "King" Cole started his own band, the King Cole Trio, in 1939, he found real chart success after going solo in 1950. "Mona Lisa" rose to No. 1 on the popular charts that same year, followed by 1951's classic, "Unforgettable," which reached No. 12.
  • In total, Cole recorded 28 Top 40 hits. His first Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 song came for "Darling He Vous Aime Beaucoup" in 1955. Cole earned his highest charting Hot 100 songs with "A Blossom Fell" (1955, No. 2) and "Ramblin' Rose" (1962, No. 2).
  • Cole earned his first GRAMMY win at the 2nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Performance By A "Top 40" Artist for "Midnight Flyer."
  • Did you know? Cole's daughter, Natalie Cole, released a duet version of "Unforgettable" 40 years after its 1951 release. She overdubbed her own vocals with her father's original vocals to orchestrate a touching tribute to her late father.
  • Established in 2008 by his twin daughters Timolin and Casey Cole, Nat King Cole Generation Hope honors the legacy of their father and mother, Maria Cole. The 501(c)(3) organization dedicates their resources to build sustainable music programs for schools around the country.

GRAMMY Award Results for Nat "King" Cole

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Wins
Lifetime Achievement Award
(lifetime Achievement Award)
 
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Ramblin' Rose (Single)
 
Nominations
Album Of The Year (Other Than Classical)
The Nat "King" Cole Story (Album)
 
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Wild Is Love (Album)
Best Vocal Performance Album, Male
Wild Is Love (Album)
 
Wins
Best Performance By A "Top 40" Artist
Midnight Flyer
Nominations
Best Rhythm & Blues Performance
Midnight Flyer
 
Nominations
Best Rhythm & Blues Performance
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