Nat King Cole life and Jazz history

Document Type:Research Paper

Subject Area:Music

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In addition, his several singles such as ‘Mona Lisa’, The Christmas Song’ as well as ‘Nature Boy’ also made him more popular too. Nat King Cole was the first African-American to host a variety series which took place in the year 1956. Among numerous white families, Nat King Cole was the first black person to be welcomed into the living rooms every single night. During his early years, he was famous for his well-articulated and smooth vocal style even though he began as a piano person. The first time he began to play the piano was at the age of four acquiring aid from his mother who was a director in the church choir. The hit was known as ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’.

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The trio went on rising and becoming more popular with a variety of pop hits such as holiday classics like the ballad ‘I Love You for Sentimental Reasons’ as well as ‘The Christmas Song’. As the great success continued to rise, the jazz became less and Cole’s vocalization gained more popularity (Epstein). During this time, the trio started fading away into the background. When Cole recorded the Christmas Songs, it acted as a launch of his new career. In the 1950's the presence of Cole on the record, charts began to diminish gradually. However, this situation did not last for long since his career began returning to the top at the beginning of the 1960's. ‘Rambin' Rose', a country-influenced hit song become number two on the pop charts billboards.

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