Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 1950, the daughter of crooner Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Hawkins Ellington, Natalie Cole rose to fame in the mid-70’s in the R&B scene with gems such as ‘This Will Be’, ‘Our Love’ and ‘Inseparable’, eventually falling into a failing sales and performances period due to drug addiction.
She would come back though under the spotlights with the 1987 released ‘Everlasting’ album, including her cover version of Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Pink Cadillac’ along with 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 scoring her biggest success ever in an album titled ‘Unforgettable… With Love’.
She eventually resurfaced in early 2004 along with mysterious Canadian producer Alan Smithee on a bootleg 12″ in an oustanding cover version of Michael Franks ‘Tell Me All About It’…
Natalie, who cancelled several events due to ongoing health issues, died, aged 65, on the evening of Dec. 31, 2015 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. from congestive heart failure.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to her family and friends.