And here we go celebrating the arrival of the New Year. And, in the meantime, burrying the previous one in the saddest way. This further to the passing of American singer, songwriter, and actress Natalie Cole on Dec. 31, 2015.
Natalie Cole saw the light of the day in Los Angeles, CA, on Feb. 06, 1950. Luckily, she grew up in an artistic environment. With thanks to her dad. In other words, famous crooner Nat King Cole. But also her mom, Maria Hawkins Ellington. Herself remembered as a former singer of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
As a matter of fact, Natalie Cole rose to fame in the mid-70’s in the R&B scene. Meanwhile delivering gems such as ‘This Will Be’, ‘Our Love’ and ‘Inseparable’. This before falling into a failing sales and performances period most likely due to drug addiction.
She would come back under the spotlights though with the 1987 released ‘Everlasting’ album. And more precisely with her cover version of Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Pink Cadillac’. With thanks to producers David Cole and Robert Clivilles of the C&C Music Factory fame. The following decade seeing her giving rendition of standards of her dad. And, by that, scoring her biggest success ever in an album titled ‘Unforgettable… With Love’.
Cole unlikely came to resurface once again in early 2004. But this time in a quite unexpected way. This while sharing the bill with mysterious Canadian producer Alan Smithee. With the twosome comin’ up with an unofficial cover version of Michael Franks‘ classic ‘Tell Me All About It’. Then pretty much makin’ the sensation a few weeks later during the Miami Winter Music Conference. Thus eventually competing with another cover version of the song. Itself by the likes of Australian songstress Treena Rose.
In 2000, Natalie Cole released ‘Angel On My Shoulder’, an autobiography which described her battle with drugs during much of her life, including heroin and crack cocaine. Then in 2008, she announced that she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C. In other words, a liver disease that is spread through contact with infected blood which Cole attributed to her past intravenous drug use. Then four months after starting her treatment, she experienced a kidney failure which required dialysis three times a week for nine months. This before calling for a transplant.
In December 2015, Natalie Cole cancelled several events due to ongoing health issues. She sadly died on the evening of Dec. 31, 2015 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. from congestive heart failure. She was 65.
Gone too soon: Natalie Cole
Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to her family and friends.
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