Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole (Hardcover)
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"The fascinating story of an American musical icon—his songs, his times, his triumphs, and his tragedies."
The satiny-smooth voice is instantly recognizable. It seems to float out of the music, easy, graceful, with a hint of slyness—utterly romantic. On such hits as "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "Route 66," and of course, "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole made his mark as one of the greatest singers of this century.
Yet Cole's honeyed singing style belied a complicated, often tortured route to stardom. For if Nat King Cole achieved more than most poor Blacks living in 1920s Chicago ever dreamed of, he paid a heavy price for that success.
From Publishers Weekly
[Author Leslie] Gourse (Everyday: The Story of Joe Williams) pays homage to the performer who, after starting out as a talented jazz pianist, found unprecedented fame and commercial success as a vocalist. His renditions of "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "Unforgettable" and hundreds of other songs were known the world over by the time he died in 1965. Cole, a cheerful, quiet, painfully shy man who inspired devotion wherever he went, kept his personal problems out of the limelight; his adoring public was scarcely aware that he was plagued by financial woes, racial prejudice, marital difficulties, illness and complaints from critics that he had abandoned jazz for an easier road to success with popular music. The author of this well-crafted, sympathetic biography carefully pieces together the facts of her subject's life, and concludes with an impressive discography that underscores Cole's achievement.
Publisher : St Martins Pr; 1st edition (May 1, 1991)