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Natalie Cole

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
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Profession: Singer and Songwriter

United States of America

Biography: Natalie Cole was the daughter of jazz and pop singer Nat King Cole. Her first recording was on her Father's Christmas album aged 6.

Cole's rise to her own fame came with her R&B debut album "Inseparable" in 1975, for which she won 2 Grammys, including becoming the first African American to win Best New Artist.

In the 1980s Cole's musical style became more contemporary and her hits include the dance-pop cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac".

Cole later returned to form and huge success with her 1991 album "Unforgettable...with Love", covering her father's standards. The album won 3 Grammys including Album of the Year.

Cole's personal life was marked by drug addiction, for which she eventually sort treatment and chronicled in her autobiography and a TV movie "Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story". Cole's drug use led eventually to ill health, she suffered from Hepatitis C and had a kidney transplant before dying of heart failure at 65.

Born: February 6, 1950
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: December 31, 2015 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Married Life

  • 1976-07-31 American pop singer Natalie Cole (26) weds songwriter, manager, and Baptist minister Marvin Yancy (29); divorce in 1980
  • 1989-09-16 American pop singer Natalie Cole (39) weds American drummer and record producer Andre Fisher; divorce 1995
  • 2001-10-12 American pop singer Natalie Cole (51) marries Bishop Kenneth H. Dupree; divorce in2004

Historical Events

  • 1975-05-11 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)
  • 1976-02-28 18th Grammy Awards: "Love Will Keep Us Together" Record of the Year; Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist
  • 1991-06-11 Natalie Cole releases "Unforgettable...with Love", covering her father's standards including a "virtual duet" of title track; wins 6 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, 1992
  • 1992-03-10 6th Soul Train Music Awards: Natalie Cole, Color Me Badd win
  • 1992-03-12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Natalie Cole, and Don Henley

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