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Nat King Cole
Birth: Mar. 17, 1919
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: 
  Edward James Coles (1886 - 1965)
  Perlina Adams Coles (1896 - 1955)
  Maria Antoinette Hawkins Cole (1922 - 2012)*
  Carole Cole (1944 - 2009)*
  Natalie Cole (1950 - 2015)*
  Nat Kelly Cole (1959 - 1995)*
  Eddie May Coles (1909 - 1926)*
  Edward Bennett Coles (1910 - 1970)*
  Evelyn I Coles (1915 - 1994)*
  Marguerite Coles (1918 - 1918)*
  Nat King Cole (1919 - 1965)
  Festus Benjamin Coles (1920 - 1922)*
  Henry J. Coles (1926 - 1926)*
  Isaac James Coles (1927 - 2001)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (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
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