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Natalie Cole Dies at 65

Daughter of Nat “King” Cole won nine Grammys

Natalie Cole, Tri-C Jazz Fest, 2013
Natalie Cole, Newport Jazz Festival 2013
Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole, the daughter of the legendary Nat “King” Cole and a successful vocalist in her own right, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 31. Cole, who was 65, had undergone a kidney transplant in 2009 and had experienced other health setbacks in recent years; she canceled a number of tour dates last month due to declining health. An official cause of death has not yet been cited.

Cole is best remembered for her 1991 hit “Unforgettable,” a duet with her late father created in the studio by overdubbing the vocal from Nat’s 1961 remake of the song (originally recorded by him in 1952) with Natalie’s. That recording reached number 14 on the Billboard singles chart, but five other singles by Cole charted higher: 1975’s “This Will Be,” 1977’s “I’ve Got Love on My Mind,” 1978’s “Our Love,” 1988’s “Pink Cadillac” (a Bruce Springsteen cover) and 1989’s “Miss You Like Crazy” all made the top 10. In addition, 21 of Cole’s albums made the Billboard albums chart, with 1991’s Unforgettable…With Love reaching number one.

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