Cole, Natalie (Maria)
- Colette Simonot
(b Los Angeles, Feb 6, 1950; d Los Angeles, Dec 31, 2015). American singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress, daughter of Nat “King” Cole and the singer Maria Cole, who worked with Duke Ellington. She was exposed to many jazz, soul, and blues artists as a child. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1972, she started performing regularly as an R&B singer. She rocketed to stardom with her album Inseparable (Capitol, 1975), which featured the single “This will be (an everlasting love).” Inseparable won two Grammys, one for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, a category previously dominated by Aretha Franklin, to whom Cole was often compared. She had a string of successful albums through the 1970s and won a Grammy for “Sophisticated Lady” (Natalie, Capitol, 1976). After collaborating on an album with Peabo Bryson (We’re the Best of Friends, Capitol, 1979), she withdrew from the public eye suffering from drug addiction and throat problems. Cole staged a comeback with ...