Legal name: Nathaniel Adams Coles

Also performs as: Eddie Laguna (Nat King Cole)


Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally by his stage name Nat King Cole, was an American singer, jazz pianist, and actor. Cole's career as a jazz and pop vocalist started in the late 1930s and spanned almost three decades where he found success and recorded over 100 songs that became hits on the pop charts.

Cole started his career as a jazz pianist in the late 1930s, where he formed The King Cole Trio which became the top-selling group (and the only black act) on Capitol Records in the 1940s. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Starting in 1950 he transitioned to become a solo singer billed as Nat King Cole. Despite achieving mainstream success, during his career he faced intense racial discrimination. While not a major vocal public figure in the civil rights movement, Cole was a member of his local NAACP branch and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. He regularly performed for civil rights organizations. From 1956 to 1957, he hosted the NBC variety series The Nat King Cole Show, which became the first nationally broadcast television show hosted by an African American.

Some of his most notable singles include "Unforgettable", "Smile", "L-O-V-E", "When I Fall in Love", "Let There Be Love", "Mona Lisa", "Autumn Leaves", "Stardust", "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "The Very Thought of You", "For Sentimental Reasons", "Embraceable You" and "Almost Like Being in Love". His 1960 Christmas album The Magic of Christmas (also known as The Christmas Song), is the best-selling Christmas album released in the 1960s; and was ranked as one of the 40 essential Christmas albums (2019) by Rolling Stone. In 2022, his recording of "The Christmas Song", broke the record for the longest journey to the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, when it peaked at number nine, 62-years after it debuted on the chart; and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry. NPR named him one of the 50 Great Voices. He received numerous accolades including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1960) and a Special Achievement Golden Globe Award. Posthumously, Cole has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1990), along with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award (1992) and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), and the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (2020).

He was the father of singer Natalie Cole (1950–2015), who covered her father's songs in the 1991 album Unforgettable... with Love.

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1973The Magic Of ChristmasNat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald1
2006Nat King ColeNat King Cole1


1949King Cole at the PianoNat King Cole2
1953Sings for Two in LoveNat ‘King’ Cole3
1957This Is Nat "King" ColeNat King Cole2
1957Just One of Those ThingsNat King Cole6
1957Love Is the ThingThe Voice of Nat “King” Cole with The Orchestra of Gordon Jenkins37
1958Cole españolNat King Cole53
1958The Very Thought of YouNat King Cole4
1959Welcome to the ClubNat King Cole3
1959A mis amigosNat King Cole4.53
1959To Whom It May ConcernNat King Cole2
1960The Christmas Song (originally titled The Magic of Christmas)Nat King Cole216
1960Tell Me All About YourselfNat King Cole1
1960Wild Is LoveNat King Cole2
1961Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing PlaysNat King Cole & The George Shearing Quintet7
1962Dear Lonely HeartsNat King Cole1
1962More Cole EspañolNat King Cole2
1962Ramblin’ RoseNat King Cole4
1962The Touch of Your LipsNat King Cole1
1963Sings the BluesNat King Cole1
1963Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of SummerNat King Cole2
1963Where Did Everyone Go?Nat King Cole2
1964L-O-V-ENat King Cole3
1964I Don’t Want to Be Hurt AnymoreNat King Cole1
1964Let’s Face the Music!Nat King Cole3
1964Sings My Fair LadyNat King Cole1
1967Thank You, Pretty BabyNat King Cole1
1974Meets The Master Saxes - Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Illinois JacquetNat Cole1
1991Every Time I Feel the SpiritNat King Cole2
1992UnforgettableNat King Cole1
1996Love Is The ThingNat King Cole1
1998Dear Lonely Hearts / I Don't Want to Be Hurt AnymoreNat King Cole1
2000UnforgettableNat King Cole1
2000UnforgettableNat King Cole1
2002It's Almost like Being in LoveNat King Cole1
2005UnforgettableNat King Cole1
2007Love Is the Thing / Where Did Everyone Go?Nat King Cole1
2007Penthouse Serenade / The Piano Style of Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
2007Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of SummerNat King Cole1
2011Canta Em EspanholNat King Cole1
2011St. Louis BluesNat King Cole3
2014The Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio with Nat "King" ColeLester Young-Buddy Rich Trio & Nat King Cole1
2016SincerelyNat King Cole1
2017A Mis Amigos (Expanded Edition)Nat King Cole1
Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
The Beautiful Moods of Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
The Best of Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
The Beautiful BalladsNat “King” Cole1
The Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall ConcertNat King Cole1

Album + Compilation

1952Penthouse SerenadeNat King Cole3
1952Top PopsNat King Cole3
1952UnforgettableNat King Cole6
195510th Anniversary AlbumNat 'King' Cole1
1956The Piano Style of Nat King ColeNat King Cole4
1956Ballads of the DayNat King Cole2
1961The Nat King Cole StoryNat King Cole6
1963Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
1964Forever YoursNat King Cole2
1965Looking BackNat King Cole1
1966Love Is A Many Splendored ThingNat King Cole1
1966Nat Cole At JATPNat Cole And Jazz At The Philharmonic All-Stars1
1966Nat Cole At JATP 2Nat Cole1
1966Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
1966Nat King Cole Golden Treasury “Unforgettable”Nat King Cole1
1966The Magic of Christmas With ChildrenNat King Cole and the Children's Chorus1
1966The Unforgettable Nat Cole Sings The Great Songs!Nat King Cole2
1970Nat King Cole's GreatestNat King Cole1
1973From The Very BeginningNat King Cole1
1974Love Is Here to StayNat King Cole2
197820 Golden GreatsNat King Cole4
198420 Greatest HitsNat King Cole1
1984The Golden Library CollectionNat King Cole1
1984UnforgettableNat King Cole1
1986The Best OfNat King Cole1
1987Nat King Cole and All His Friends, Volume 2Nat King Cole1
1987Body and SoulNat King Cole2
1987Greatest Love SongsNat King Cole2
1987Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
1987The Romantic World of Nat King ColeNat King Cole2
1988Twin Best NowNat King Cole1
1988Canta EspañolNat King Cole1
1988Legendary Singers - Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
1988Legendary Singers - Nat King Cole: Take 2Nat King Cole1
1988Mona LisaNat King Cole1
1988The Nat King Cole CollectionNat King Cole1
1988The Magic of Nat King ColeNat King Cole1
1988The Nat King Cole Collection: The Golden GreatsNat King Cole1
1988The Legendary Nat 'King' ColeNat King Cole1
1988The Wonderful World of Nat 'King' ColeNat King Cole1
198916 exitos originalesNat King Cole1
1989Havin' Fun With (Rare Duets)Nat King Cole1
1989It’s Christmas TimeBing Crosby, Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole6
1989Nat King Cole and The King Cole TrioNat King Cole and The King Cole Trio2
1989The Trouble With Me Is YouNat King Cole1
1989The Nat King Cole Story (not the same, but uses same title as that other official compilation)Nat King Cole1
1989The One and OnlyNat King Cole2
1989When I Fall In LoveNat King Cole1
1990Cole, Christmas, & KidsNat King Cole2
1990CollectionNat King Cole1

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