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Nat King Cole

Musician Nat King Cole

Profession: Musician

United States of America

Biography: He was the first African American to host a television variety show "The Nat King Cole Show" and widely noted for his soft, baritone voice.

Born: March 17, 1919
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: February 15, 1965 (aged 45)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

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Married Life

  • 1937-01-27 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1948-03-22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage
  • 1948-03-28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Historical Events

  • 1946-06-14 Nat King Cole records "The Christmas Song" for the first time
  • 1956-11-05 "The Nat King Cole Show" debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American
  • 1957-12-17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship
  • 2000-03-06 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Eric Clapton; Earth, Wind, and Fire; Lovin' Spoonful; The Moonglows; Bonnie Raitt; James Taylor; Nat King Cole; Billie Holiday; Hal Blaine; "King" Curtis; James Jamerson; Scotty Moore; Earl Palmer; and Clive Davis

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