Natalie Cole (February 6, 1950 - December 31, 2015) was an R&B/pop singer, songwriter, and actress with powerful jazz-infused vocals and a great deal of crossover appeal who became famous during the late 1970s. With a long string of hits on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts, her best known songs include such R&B chart-toppers as "This Will Be" (1975), "I've Got Love On My Mind" (1977), and "Our Love" (1978). The daughter of the great Nat "King" Cole, she had a resurgence in popularity years later with her memorable 1991 "duet" remake of her father's 1952 hit, "Unforgettable," in which her vocals are dubbed into his original recording. This smash is included on her same-named album featuring covers of various traditional pop standards later certified 7x platinum in 2009.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Cole made her recording debut at age 6 singing with her father on a Christmas album and later began performing at age 11. Over her long and multi-faceted career, she made many appearances on TV and in the movies and in 1990, hosted her own TV variety show, "Big Break." A multiple Grammy-winning recording artist with a whopping nine awards, her numerous honors and accolades also include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1999), and being inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (2021).
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- This Will Be 1975
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