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The Nat King Cole Harvest Is In

Resonance Records’ latest deluxe archival set presents a hidden early history of the great pianist and singer in captivating fashion

Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole (photo: Charlie Mihn/courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC University Libraries)

He was a superstar. A beloved singer with over 100 hit records to his name, the world’s highest-selling recording artist between Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley, and the host of his own national television show. Today, a century after his birth and 54 years after his death, he remains a household name.

Yet even if you know all that about Nat King Cole, you only know half the story.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.