February 15 1965 - Nat King Cole

Feb 15, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. In a profile of the late Cole, Louie Robinson describes him as “an excellent jazz pianist, a master balladeer, a radio television and motion picture star, a slick showman, husband, father and baseball devotee. It was a full life for any man whose span on earth numbered a mere 45 years.” He later looks at the legend of where the middle name of King came from:

“Legend persists that a night club patron planted a crown atop the piano player’s head one evening and dubbed him King Cole, But the entertainer once confided to a friend that the incident never happened. “But it sounds good, so I just let it ride,” Nat told him.”

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