Prequel to a King’s Tale: Illuminating Nat King Cole’s Musical Origins

Nat King Cole, the world thought it knew thee. Presently enjoying a renewed spotlight in his centennial year, Cole (1919-1965) seemingly needs no introduction, as a pianist-singer who gloriously married jazz and pop sensibilities and enjoyed both popular and critical success on an epic scale in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The love and lingering influence…
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