NAT KING COLE
By Kimberly Casey
1919
1st tax on
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Nathaniel Adams Coles was born
Treaty of Versailles
Early Life
• Nat King Cole was born “Nathaniel Adams
Coles”. He was born in
Montgomery, Alabama, and at 4 years old, he
an...
Nathaniel Adams
Coles began taking
formal lessons at the
age of 12. He learned
Jazz and Gospel as
well as Classical music....
Louis Armstrong
Earl Hines
Jimmie Noone
At Age 15, Coles
dropped out of school
to follow his dream of
becoming a Jazz
Pianist. He worked
with his brother
Eddies, ...
Nat King Cole was, for a time, the pianist for the
National Broadway tour of ‘Shuffle Along” which
took him to Longbeach, ...
In Longbeach, Ca
Nathaniel Adams
Coles met 2 other
musicians, Oscar
Moore (a guitarist)
and Wesley Price (a
double bassist...
Romance: Nat King Cole married Nadine Robinson in 1948; they later got divorced. He
then married his 2nd wife Maria Hawkin...
The Involvement of Radio:
Radio was very
important in Cole’s
career. In 1928 they
were broadcast on
NBC’s Blue Network.
Th...
Cole finally got his start singing when a bar room patron requested a
song, Cole not knowing it, sang “Sweet Lorraine” and...
The trio hit the charts
with “that ain’t right.
Straighten up and fly”
which was inspired by
a sermon of Nat King
Cole’s f...
In the 1950’s Cole emerged
as a popular solo
performer with his hits like
“Nature Boy”, “Mona
Lisa”, “Too Young” and
“Unfo...
Being African-American, Cole had to struggle to be taken seriously by the white
community. He had to deal with racism, esp...
Nat King Cole
was assaulted
by a white
man during a
mixed race
performance
in Alabama.
Cole earned some
disapproval of some
African American fans
when he commented
after the show in
which he was
assaulted. He ...
When moving to an “all white” neighborhood in L.A. KKK
members made a statement by burning a cross on his lawn.
Members of...
Still, some of the
neighbors
expressed their
displeasure by
firing shots
through their
windows and
even poisoning
their fa...
In 1948 the
Waldorf Astoria
Hotel in New
York refused to
let he and his
wife get married
there.
In 1958, while performing in Cuba, Nat King Cole wanted to stay at the
Nacional De Cuba, but was not allowed to because of...
In 1956 Nat King Cole
became the first African
American to host a variety
show. The Nat King Cole
Show featured many
perfo...
Peggy Lee
Count Basie
Ella FitzgeraldSammy Davis Jr.
Nat King Cole
also appeared
in a few
movies. He
played bit
parts in
Istanboul
(1957), China
Gate (1957).
He had a major roll in St. Louis Blues (1958) where he played
blues legend W.C. Handy. His final movie was where he
perfor...
Smoking was a
stress reliever
for Nat King Cole
and in 19654 he
was diagnosed
with lung
cancer; from
which he died of
in 1...
Works Cited
Nat King Cole. Biography: www. Biography.com/people/nat-king-cole-9253026
20/20: Nat “King” Cole, an American ...
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Nat king cole by kimberly casey

For my college music class I did a powerpoint on music legend Nat King Cole.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Published in: Entertainment & Humor      
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Transcripts - Nat king cole by kimberly casey

  • 1. NAT KING COLE By Kimberly Casey
  • 2. 1919 1st tax on March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Nathaniel Adams Coles was born Treaty of Versailles
  • 3. Early Life • Nat King Cole was born “Nathaniel Adams Coles”. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and at 4 years old, he and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois. He had 3 brothers: Ike, Eddie, and Freddy, a half sister, Joyce, a Pastor father, and a church choir instructor mother who began teaching him to play the organ at the age of 4. He had his first performance that year, playing the song “Yes! We Have No Bananas”
  • 4. Nathaniel Adams Coles began taking formal lessons at the age of 12. He learned Jazz and Gospel as well as Classical music. He would sneak out of his house at night to go to night clubs and hang out outside to listen to artists such as Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, and Jimmie Noone.
  • 5. Louis Armstrong Earl Hines Jimmie Noone
  • 6. At Age 15, Coles dropped out of school to follow his dream of becoming a Jazz Pianist. He worked with his brother Eddies, a bassist, for a little while and they did his first recording under his brothers name. Together they performed regularly at nightclubs.
  • 7. Nat King Cole was, for a time, the pianist for the National Broadway tour of ‘Shuffle Along” which took him to Longbeach, Ca.
  • 8. In Longbeach, Ca Nathaniel Adams Coles met 2 other musicians, Oscar Moore (a guitarist) and Wesley Price (a double bassist) and together they formed the King Cole Swingers aka the King Cole Trio.; Nat King Cole was the pianist as well as the leader. They were performing at bars until they finally got a paying gig.
  • 9. Romance: Nat King Cole married Nadine Robinson in 1948; they later got divorced. He then married his 2nd wife Maria Hawkins Ellington, who with he raided 5 children. 4 were biological and 1 was adopted from a relative.
  • 10. The Involvement of Radio: Radio was very important in Cole’s career. In 1928 they were broadcast on NBC’s Blue Network. This was followed by appearances on NBC’s Swing Soiree. In the 1940’s the trio appeared on Old Gold, Chesterfield Supper Club, and Kraft Music Hall radio shows.
  • 11. Cole finally got his start singing when a bar room patron requested a song, Cole not knowing it, sang “Sweet Lorraine” and ever since people requested him to sing.
  • 12. The trio hit the charts with “that ain’t right. Straighten up and fly” which was inspired by a sermon of Nat King Cole’s father. They continued to rise in popularity with the Christmas hit “The Christmas Song” and the ballad “(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons”
  • 13. In the 1950’s Cole emerged as a popular solo performer with his hits like “Nature Boy”, “Mona Lisa”, “Too Young” and “Unforgettable”. He was able to work with some of the greats such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and arranger Nelson Riddle. Cole also befriended many stars of the era including Frank Sinatra.
  • 14. Being African-American, Cole had to struggle to be taken seriously by the white community. He had to deal with racism, especially during the Civil Rights Movement.
  • 15. Nat King Cole was assaulted by a white man during a mixed race performance in Alabama.
  • 16. Cole earned some disapproval of some African American fans when he commented after the show in which he was assaulted. He stated that “I am an entertainer not an activist”
  • 17. When moving to an “all white” neighborhood in L.A. KKK members made a statement by burning a cross on his lawn. Members of the property owners association told him that they did not want any “undesirables” moving in. He said neither did he and “if I see anybody undesirable coming in here I’ll be the first to complain”.
  • 18. Still, some of the neighbors expressed their displeasure by firing shots through their windows and even poisoning their family dog.
  • 19. In 1948 the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York refused to let he and his wife get married there.
  • 20. In 1958, while performing in Cuba, Nat King Cole wanted to stay at the Nacional De Cuba, but was not allowed to because of the “color bar”. He still honored his contract and made his concert a huge success. The following year he returned and performed a few songs in Spanish. There is now a tribute to him, a bust and a jukebox, in the same hotel that refused him.
  • 21. In 1956 Nat King Cole became the first African American to host a variety show. The Nat King Cole Show featured many performers such as Count Basie, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jr.. The Show was canceled due to it’s lack of sponsors, which was sadly because no one wanted to sponsor a show back then that featured African American entertainers.
  • 22. Peggy Lee Count Basie Ella FitzgeraldSammy Davis Jr.
  • 23. Nat King Cole also appeared in a few movies. He played bit parts in Istanboul (1957), China Gate (1957).
  • 24. He had a major roll in St. Louis Blues (1958) where he played blues legend W.C. Handy. His final movie was where he performed with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou (1965).
  • 25. Smoking was a stress reliever for Nat King Cole and in 19654 he was diagnosed with lung cancer; from which he died of in 1965, at the age of 65, in Santa Monica, Ca.
  • 26. Works Cited Nat King Cole. Biography: www. Biography.com/people/nat-king-cole-9253026 20/20: Nat “King” Cole, an American Legend, Dec. 15, www.abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=124176&page=1 Nat King Cole: May 17, 2006 www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/nat-king-cole/558/ Music SF Jazz Collective: Live 2009- 6th Annual Concert Tour Dist 1: 05 Free Jazz

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