Nat King Cole
Photo: Capitol Photo Archives
Nat King Cole To Be Celebrated In New GRAMMY Museum Exhibit
A new exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum will celebrate the life and career of GRAMMY winner and recipient Nat King Cole. This Is Nat King Cole will open on what would have been the Cole's 101st birthday, March 17, and run through summer 2020. To commemorate the exhibit opening, Cole's daughters, Timolin and Casey Cole, will discuss the stories behind the exhibit with moderator Scott Goldman at the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on the evening of the opening.
“We are so excited that our father is being honored at the GRAMMY Museum in celebration of his centennial, and even more special that it is on his birthday. Our hearts are full knowing that after all these years his music lives on in the hearts of so many," said Cole's daughters Casey and Timolin.
The new exhibit will offer a retrospective of Cole's career and highlight his most significant professional accomplishments. In all, he recorded nearly 700 songs for Capitol, including 150 singles that charted on Billboard's Pop, R&B and Country charts. His success led to Capito Recordl's iconic round building on Vine Street in Hollywood to be informally known as "The House That Nat Built."
Along with his trailblazing music career, Cole is recognized for his contributions to the struggle for racial equality. This Is Nat King Cole will take a look at Cole as an essential figure in several sociopolitical advancements, including the U.S. civil rights movement. The exhibit captures the arc of Cole's professional and personal life as a study of success despite adversity, and the triumph of civility, respect and talent married with political, cultural and business savvy.
"Nat King Cole's legacy as an iconic, American artist is unparalleled, making him an undeniable national treasure," said the Museum's President Michael Sticka. "It's an honor for the GRAMMY Museum to host this exhibit and celebrate his incredible achievements and musical legacy."
Highlights of the exhibit include the tuxedo Cole wore during his 1960 visit with Queen Elizabeth II, a collection of his handwritten letters to his wife, his Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and more.
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