Tonight’s oldie is clearly from this category:
THEY DON’T WRITE OR PERFORM THEM LIKE THEY USED TO.
THIS WEDNESDAY IS VALENTINE’S DAY
From my parents’ record collection:
Originally released in 1952, the album was reissued in 1954.
Then in 1991…
Cole’s daughter did an album featuring many of her father’s old songs.
Nat King Cole was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and started out as a jazz pianist. In 1956, Cole, known for his silky smooth voice, became the first African-American performer to host a variety television series, becoming the first black man welcomed into the living rooms of white Americans.
Natalie Cole had no thoughts of being a professional singer. Then she took a summer job singing with a band in 1972. Successful albums then followed along with Grammy Awards. In the 80’s Cole had drug problems, temporarily halting her career. She returned in the 90’s with standards and tributes to her father.
Here she is in concert with two songs from the above 1991 album.
Nat King Cole died in his sleep at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica in February 1965, three weeks after he had undergone surgery for removal of a cancerous left lung. His daughter was only 15 at the time.
In 2008, Natalie Cole was diagnosed with hepatitis C, a disease of the liver. Cole’s kidneys began to fail, however she was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant in 2009 at USC. Cole died from congestive heart failure on December 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. She was 65.
My precious daughter Kyla’s spring recital at my grade school alma mater, St. Anthony’s on Milwaukee’s south side.
She’ll be easy to pick out.
And check out her hip action.
L-O-V-E to all of you!
And Kyla suggested at the end that the girl who did the splits finish with her hands in a heart symbol.