Nat "King" Cole had one of the greatest singing voices of the twentieth century. His daughter, Natalie, also has a beautiful singing voice. Twenty years after her father’s death, Natalie used modern technology in a creative way to sing with him again.
In 1992, she made an album called Unforgettable...With Love. The album contains her own versions of many of her father’s songs. For the song "Unforgettable," she created a duet, recording her voice over her father’s original recording. She won two Grammy Awards—one for the song and one for the album. In 1996, Natalie recorded another "duet" with her father, "When I Fall in Love," on her album Stardust. It also won a Grammy Award.
Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer and musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres.
Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death from lung cancer in February 1965.
Beginning in the late 1940s, Cole began recording and performing pop-oriented material for mainstream audiences, in which he was often accompanied by a string orchestra. His stature as a popular icon was cemented during this period by hits such as "The Christmas Song" (Cole recorded that tune four times: on June 14, 1946, as a pure Trio recording, on August 19, 1946, with an added string section, on August 24, 1953, and in 1961 for the double album The Nat King Cole Story; this final version, recorded in stereo, is the one most often heard today), "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" (1946), "Nature Boy" (1948), "Mona Lisa" (1950), "Too Young" (the #1 song in 1951), and his signature tune "Unforgettable" (1951) (Gainer 1).
While Cole himself wasn’t alive to increase his fame, the popularity of his music did not die with him.
Nat King Cole
March 17, 1919 - February 15, 1965