Nat “King” Cole

I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.

  • Name: Nathaniel Adams Coles (stage name: Nat “King” Cole)
  • Born: March 17th, 1919
  • Died: February 16th, 1965
  • From: Montgomery, Alabama, US
  • Occupation: Musician
  • Awards: Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song (1959), Golden Globe Special Achievement Award (1963), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1990), Grammy Hall of Fame

Nat King Cole was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Cole was a prominent and successful mainstream musician in the mid-1900s, during a time where Jim Crow laws still existed in the South. His singing style inspired a lot of musicians, and his Civil Rights activism. Cole would refuse to perform to segregated crowds and played an important role in the March on Washington in 1963.


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