Natalie Cole

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Natalie Marie Cole  born February 6, 1950 and died December 31, 2015.

Singer Natalie Cole's resume includes eight Grammys, eight gold albums, and three platinum albums. Cole's career, jump-started by the production/songwriting duo of Chuck Jackson & Marvin Yancy, and embedded with a beguiling mix of R&B/soul, pop, gospel, and adult contemporary, has created for the singer a loyal and diversified following. In 2000, she was featured in a segment of VH1's popular Behind the Music series. On November 7 of that year, her Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 was released. A biopic on (and executive produced by) the singer, The Natalie Cole Story, aired on NBC-TV on December 10th.

Despite such acclaim and being the daughter of the great Nat "King" Cole, it may come as a surprise that Natalie Cole didn't start singing until her college days at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Meeting manager Kevin Hunter, she began singing jazz/supper club tunes at various clubs and lounges, though sometimes just billed as "Nat Cole's daughter." A friend of Hunter's, manager Bob Schwaid said that he had a songwriting/production duo that was looking for a female singer to work with. Flying to Chicago, Cole met with Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy. The trio hit it off and began working at Curtis Mayfield's Curtom studios in late 1974, along with arranger/saxophonist Gene Barge. After being rejected by every label, Cole sparked the interest of Capitol Records executive Larkin Arnold through demos done with Jackson and Yancy. Capitol Records was her late father's label, too.

Her first hit, "This Will Be," was issued on June 30, 1975, parked at number one R&B for two weeks, peaking at number six pop on Billboard's charts in fall 1975. The following year, Cole won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "This Will Be," the Best New Artist of the Year, and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance for her gold album, Natalie. More number one R&B singles followed: "Inseparable," "Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady)," "I've Got Love on My Mind," and "Our Love." Jackson and Yancy and Barge won a Grammy for "Sophisticated Lady." The trio earned gold and platinum albums: Inseparable, Natalie, Unpredictable, Thankful, Natalie... Live, and I Love You So. Cole hosted her own network TV special on CBS-TV, The Natalie Cole Special, with guests Earth, Wind & Fire, Johnny Mathis, and Stephen Bishop, which aired in April 1978. She also co-hosted the NBC-TV special Uptown: A Musical Comedy History of Harlem's Apollo Theater, which featured a video montage of her late father.

Cole married Marvin Yancy on July 31, 1976, had a son, Robert Adam Yancy, and divorced a few years later. Many of the sides Chuck Jackson & Marvin Yancy produced for Natalie Cole are on the 1990 Capitol CD The Collection, the 1995 EMI-Capitol CD I've Got Love on My Mind, This Will Be: Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love, and the HOL CD Sophisticated Lady.

Substance abuse led to Cole missing concert dates and giving erratic performances. In 1981, Capitol Records opted not to renew her contract. In 1983, the singer checked in the Hazelden rehabilitation clinic in Minneapolis. Six years later, she married producer Andre Fischer. He produced her Unforgettable album, which won six Grammys including Record of the Year. 1987's Everlasting LP went gold and yielded three hit singles. Her 1996 album Stardust featured another electronic-created duet with her father, "When I Fall in Love," which won a 1997 Grammy.

In fall 2000, Warner Books issued Natalie Cole's autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder, which was co-written with Digdy Diehl. Around the same time, the singer appeared on the covers of the November 6, 2000, issues of both Jet Magazine and People Magazine. -- Ed Hogan, All Music Guide


This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
Unforgettable (live at the Grammys)Unforgettable (live at the Grammys)
I've Got Love on My MindI've Got Love on My Mind


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1975 Inseparable
1976 Natalie
1977 Unpredictable
1977 Thankful
1978 Natalie Live!
1979 I Love You So
1979 We're the Best of Friends
1980 Don't Look Back
1981 Happy Love
1983 I'm Ready
1985 Dangerous
1987 Everlasting
1989 Good to Be Back
1991 Unforgettable
1992 Heart & Soul
1993 Beginning to See the Light
1993 Take a Look
1994 Holly & Ivy
1996 Sophisticated Lady
1996 Stardust
1997 This Will Be: Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love
1999 Snowfall on the Sahara
1999 The Magic of Christmas
2001 Natalie Cole: Greatest Hits Volume 1
2002 Ask a Woman Who Knows
2006 Leavin'


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1975 Inseparable

01. Needing You
02. Joey
03. Inseparable
04. I Can't Say No
05. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
06. Something for Nothing
07. I Love Him So Much
08. How Come You Won't Stay Here
09. Your Face Stays in My Mind
10. You

1976 Natalie

01. Mr. Melody
02. Heaven Is With You
03. Sophisticated Lady
04. No Plans for the Futue
05. Can We Get Together Again
06. Keep Smiling
07. Good Morning Heartache
08. Not Like Mine
09. Touch Me
10. Hard to Get Along

1977 Unpredictable

01. This Heart
02. Still in Love
03. Party Lights
04. I've Got Love on My Mind
05. Unpredictable You
06. Peaceful Living
07. Be Mine Tonight
08. I Can't Break Away
09. Your Eyes
10. I'm Catching Hell (Living Here Alone)

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1977 Thankful

01. Lovers
02. Our Love
03. La Costa
04. Nothing Stronger Than Love
05. Be Thankful
06. I Can't Say No
07. Annie Mae
08. Keeping a Light

1978 Natalie Live!

01. Sophisticated Lady
02. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
03. Lovers
04. I'm Catching Hell (Living Here Alone)
05. Mr. Melody
06. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
07. Party Lights
08. I've Got Love on My Mind
09. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
10. Inseparable
11. Cry Baby
12. Can We Get Together Again
13. I Can't Say No
14. Something's Got a Hold on Me
15. Be Thankful
16. Introduction/Our Love

1979 I Love You So

01. I Love You So
02. You're So Good
03. It's Been You
04. Your Lonely Heart
05. The Winter
06. Oh Daddy
07. Sorry
08. Stand By
09. Who Will Carry On

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1979 We're the Best of Friends(w/Peabo Bryson)

01. Gimme Some Time
02. This Love Affair
03. I Want to Be Where You Are
04. Your Lonely Heart
05. What You Won't Do for Love
06. We're the Best of Friends
07. Medley: Let's Fall in Love/You Send Me
08. Love Will Find You

1980 Don't Look Back

01. Don't Look Back
02. I've Seen Paradise
03. Hold On
04. Stairway to the Stars
05. I'm Getting In to You
06. Someone That I Used to Love
07. Danger up Ahead
08. Beautiful Dreamer
09. Cole-Blooded

1981 Happy Love

01. You Were Right Girl
02. Only Love
03. Nothin' But a Fool
04. The Jokes Is on You
05. These Eyes
06. When a Man Loves a Woman
07. I Can't Let Go
08. Love and Kisses
09. Across the Nation

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1983 I'm Ready

01. Too Much Mister
02. I Won't Deny You
03. I'm Ready
04. Keep It on the Outside
05. Time (Heals All Wounds)
06. (I'm Coming) Straight from the Heart
07. Where's Your Angel?
08. I'm Your Mirror
09. Winner (Take All)
10. Azz Iz
11. Movin' On
12. How Can You Stop?

1985 Dangerous

01. Dangerous
02. Billy the Kid Next Door
03. Secrets
04. Nobody's Soldier
05. Opposites Attract
06. Little Bit of Heaven
07. Your Car
08. Love Is on the Way
09. The Gift

1987 Everlasting

01. Everlasting
02. Jump Start
03. Urge to Merge
04. Split Decision
05. When I Fall in Love
06. Pink Cadillac
07. I Live for Your Love
08. In My Reality
09. I'm the One
10. More Than the Stars
11. What I Must Do

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1989 Good to Be Back

01. Safe
02. As a Matter of Fact
03. I Can't Cry
04. Miss You Like Crazy
05. I Do
06. Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat
07. Gonna Make You Mine
08. Starting over Again
09. Don't Mention My Heartache
10. The Rest of the Night
11. Good to Be Back

1991 Unforgettable

01. The Very Thought of You
02. It's Only a Paper Moon
03. Route 66
04. Mona Lisa
05. L-O-V-E
06. This Can't Be Love
07. Smile
08. Lush Life
09. That Sunday That Summer
10. Orange Colored Sky
11. Medley of: For Sentimental Reasons...
12. Straighten Up and Fly Right
13. Avalon
14. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
15. Too Young
16. Nature Boy
17. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
18. Almost Like Being in Love
19. Thou Swell
20. Non Dimenticar
21. Our Love Is Here to Stay
22. Unforgettable
23. The Christmas Song

1992 Heart & Soul

1993 Beginning to See the Light

1993 Take a Look

01. I Wish You Love
02. I'm Beginning to See the Light
03. Swinging Shepherd Blues
04. Crazy He Calls Me
05. Cry Me a River
06. Undecided
07. Fiesta in Blue
08. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life
09. Let There Be Love
10. It's Sand, Man!
11. Don't Explain
12. As Time Goes By
13. Too Close for Comfort
14. Calypso Blues
15. This Will Make You Laugh
16. Lovers
17. All About Love
18. Take a Look

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1994 Holly & Ivy

01. Jingle Bells
02. Caroling, Caroling
03. The First Noel
04. No More Blue Christmas'
05. Christmas Medley: Jingle Bell Rock/Winter Wonderland
06. Merry Christmas, Baby
07. Joy to the World
08. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
09. A Song for Christmas
10. Silent Night
11. The Christmas Song
12. The Holly and the Ivy

1996 Sophisticated Lady

01. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
02. Good Morning Heartache
03. Touch Me
04. Unpredictable You
05. Sophisticated Lady
06. Joey
07. I've Got Love on My Mind
08. Needing You
09. Your Face Stays in My Mind
10. Can We Get Together Again
11. Heaven Is With You
12. Our Love
13. I Love You So
14. Keep Smiling
15. Not Like Mine
16. Be Thankful
17. Who Will Carry On
18. You
19. Oh Daddy
20. Stand By

1996 Stardust

01. There's a Lull in My Life
02. Stardust
03. Let's Face the Music and Dance
04. Teach Me Tonight
05. When I Fall in Love
06. What a Difference a Day Made
07. Love Letters
08. He Was Too Good to Me
09. Dindi
10. Two for the Blues
11. If Love Ain't There
12. To Whom It May Concern
13. Where Can I Go Without You?
14. Ahmad's Blues
15. Pick Yourself Up
16. If You Could See Me Now
17. Like a Lover
18. This Morning It Was Summer
19. When I Fall in Love [Spanish Version]

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1997 This Will Be: Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love

01. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
02. What You Won't Do for Love
03. I've Got Love on My Mind
04. Inseparable
05. Sophisticated Lady
06. Our Love
07. I'm Catching Hell (Living Here Alone)
08. Keep Smiling
09. Good Morning Heartache
10. La Costa
11. Be Thankful
12. Annie Mae
13. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds [live]
14. Sorry

1999 Snowfall on the Sahara

01. A Song for You
02. Reverend Lee
03. Snowfall on the Sahara
04. More Than You'll Ever Know
05. Corrina
06. Say You Love Me
07. Every Day I Have the Blues
08. With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming
09. His Eyes, Her Eyes
10. Since You Asked
11. Gotta Serve Somebody
12. Stay With Me

1999 The Magic of Christmas

01. The Christmas Song
02. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
03. O Tannenbaum
04. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
05. Sleigh Ride
06. My Grown-Up Christmas List
07. Christmas Waltz
08. Mary, Did You Know?
09. Carol of the Bells
10. Twelve Days of Christmas

2001 Natalie Cole: Greatest Hits Volume 1

01. Mr. Melody
02. This Will Be(an everlasting love)
03. I've Got Love On My Mind
04. Song For You
05. I Can't Say No
06. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
07. Pink Cadillac
08. Miss You Like Crazy
09. Inseparable
10. Snowfall On The Sahara
11. Say You Love Me
12. La Costa
13. I Live For Your Love
14. I'm Catching Hell
15. A Smile Like Yours
16. Unforgettable(duet w/Nat King Cole)
17. Angel On My Shoulder
18. Our Love (live)
19. Livin' For Love

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2002 Ask a Woman Who Knows

01. I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do
02. Tell Me All About It
03. Ask A Woman Who Knows
04. It's Crazy
05. You're Mine You
06. So Many Stars
07. I Told You So
08. Soon
09. I'm Glad There Is You
10. Better Than Anything
11. The Music That Makes Me Dance
12. Calling You
13. My Baby Just Cares For Me

2006 Leavin'

01. Criminal
02. Old Man
03. Day Dreaming
04. Leavin'
05. The More You Do It (The More I Like It Done)
06. Lovin' Arms
07. Love Letter
08. Man With The Child In His Eyes
09. 5 Minutes Away
10. Don't Say Goodnight (Ladies' Version Slow Grind)
11. You Gotta Be
12. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You

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