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The Roots of Aaron Neville

Five albums that offer a glimpse into the singer's world

NAT KING COLE
The Very Best of Nat King Cole
(Capitol, 2006)

Nat “King” Cole’s career saw two distinctive periods that cast him as a skilled jazz pianist and combo leader and, later, as a consummate pop crooner. Cole’s easygoing readings of “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy” and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” among the 28 tracks featured here, made him the first African-American pop stylist to break the color barrier and appeal to a wide array of multiracial record buyers.

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