Nat King Cole

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March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965

Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Alabama, raised in Chicago, and, from an early age, began a long career in music that would lead to him becoming one of the most recognizable voices of the 20th century.  Nat dropped the “s” from his last name and picked up the nursery-rhyme-inspired middle name “King” and burst his buttery-voiced way into the Big Band, Jazz and Pop music worlds. Also a gifted pianist, Cole made a lasting impact with such mega-hits as “Unforgettable,” “L-O-V-E” and “The Christmas Song.” He was also the first African-American to host his own television variety program, The Nat King Cole Show.

A life-long smoker (he believed it helped retain his voice’s smooth quality) Cole developed lung cancer and died at the age of 45.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage; Enter the mausoleum and take your first right, on the left will be the Sanctuary of Heritage, Nat is on the right-hand side, top row, in the middle.

UPDATE: In 2012, Nat’s widow, Maria, passed away and was buried with him. Her signature and dates now also adorn the crypt.

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