Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Coles in:
 • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
 • Glendale
 • Los Angeles County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Nat King Cole
Birth: Mar. 17, 1919
Montgomery
Montgomery County
Alabama, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1965
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Singer, Actor. During his career he sold over 28 million records for songs including "Sweet Lorraine", "Ramblin' Rose", and "Mona Lisa", and appeared in 28 motion pictures and television programs, usually playing himself, including "Cat Ballou" (1965), and "Breakfast in Hollywood" (1943). Born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama, he received music lessons from his mother. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was 5, where his father was a Baptist minister. He learned to play the church organ at age 12, and when 14, he formed a band called the "Royal Dukes". He was also an excellent baseball and football player at the Wendell Phillips High School, Chicago. In 1939, he formed the "King Cole Trio", after a publicist put a tinfoil crown on his head and proclaimed him "King." He later toured Europe and made a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II. He had a television show during the 1960s. He started smoking to generate revenue from television advertisements promoting tobacco, and this led to his lung cancer, the cause of his death. His daughter Natalie Cole, became a famous singer in her own right. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Maria Antoinette Hawkins Cole (1922 - 2012)*
 
 Children:
  Carole Cole (1944 - 2009)*
  Nat Kelly Cole (1959 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Sanct of Heritage, FM, Lot 0, Space 20369
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 1336
Nat King Cole
Added by: Curtis Jackson
 
Nat King Cole
Added by: Lisa Burks
 
Nat King Cole
Added by: A.J. Marik
 
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

~Peace~
- Nancy VonBokern Wigginton
 Added: Aug. 1, 2014
Mr Cole thanks.RIP
- RDM
 Added: Aug. 1, 2014
Nat,There are a lot of good music out there,but there in nothing like your,nothing.I miss you so much,the first time I ever heard your voice was when I was 5,and I never stoped to listen to you,your voice was so silky,and just so beautiful,Miss you,love y...(Read more)
- Caroline S.
 Added: Jul. 16, 2014
There are 1,640 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.8 after 510 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service