Nat King Cole

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  • Birth

    Birth
    Cole was born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Moving Day

    Moving Day
    At the age of four, Cole's family moved to Chicago where jazz and gospel were evolving. Also, he started learning the piano by ear from his mother.
  • Encounter With Music

    Encounter With Music
    At 12, Cole played the organ, sang in his father's church choir and studied classical piano.
  • Marriage

    Cole married dancer Nadine Robinson and moved to Los Angelos
  • "All For You"

    "All For You"
    All For You was the trio's first number one hit on th Harlem Hit and peaked at number nineteen on the U.S. pop chart.
  • King Cole Trio Success

    The King Cole Trio signed with Capitol Records. Cole's record sales fueled much of Capitol Records' success at the time.
  • Multiple Hit Records

    "Straighten Up and Fly Right," was the trio's most popular single reaching number one on the Harlem Hit Para for ten weeks. "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You," was the trio's last for the Harlem Hits and had reached number twenty on national charts.
  • "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons"

    "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons"
    The biggest-selling version by Cole was released by Capitol Records and reached Billboard Best Seller, which lasted 12 weeks on the chart, peaking at number one.
  • Divorce and Second Marriage

    Divorce and Second Marriage
    Cole divorced Robinson and six days later he married Maria Hawkins Ellington.
  • Racism

    Despite his fame and wealth, Cole and his new wife faced racial discrimination when they went to buy a home in 1948 in the all-white Hancock Park. The Ku Klux Klan responded to his presence with a burning cross on his front lawn.
  • "Nature Boy"

    Cole had the most successful verson published by Capitol Records and reached the Billboard charts, which stayed for 15 weeks peaking at number one.
  • "Mona Lisa"

    Cole's version spent eight weeks at number on in the Billboard singles chart.
  • Leaving the Trio

    From 1951, Cole abandoned the trio formate and produved many solo vocal songs.
  • The Nat King Cole Show

    The Nat King Cole Show
    The show debuted on NBC and Cole was the first African-American host, which created controversy.
  • Lung Cancer

    Cole was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. In January 1965, his left lung was removed.
  • Death

    Death
    Cole, a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California.
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