Mar 17th, 1919 – Feb 15th, 1965 (aged 45)
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Nat King Cole died in 1965 at the age of only 45. He was jazz pianist and vocalist who recorded more than 100 hit songs during his career. He was also one of the first African American men to host his own TV show.
He was born in Montgomery AL but moved to Chicago at age 4. He had 3 other brothers and a half sister. His mother was the organist and taught Nat how to play until he took formal lessons at age 12. By age 15 he quit school and was full time into music.
His TV show lasted only 1 year from 1956-1957 due to a lack of sponsorship. His biggest success however occurred during the 1950's with some minor hits in the early 1960's. He collapsed at The Sands hotel in Vegas while performing on stage and upon entering hospital, it was discovered he had a growth on his lung and he had lung cancer. He was a heavy smoker.
On Feb 15, 1965 he drove by the sea early in the morning, then checked into the hospital and died that same day.
Nat King Cole sold more than 50 million copies of his music during his short lifetime.
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