I have always been a huge Nat King Cole fan. For my money no one makes singing look so effortless. I was only a child when Nat King Cole was a popular singer with his own television show. I remember my parents watching the show that I didn’t really appreciate at the time. Today's song is an old one. In fact, you must go back to 1951 to find the original recording of Nat King Cole's song, Unforgettable, a classic even today.
Unfortunately, Nat who was a heavy smoker died in 1965 of lung cancer, well before many of the readers of this blog were born. Nat King Cole was such a well-loved performer that his body was held in state in Los Angeles so thousands of adoring fans could file past his casket to bid him farewell. But Nat King Cole’s music lived on.
His daughter Natalie became a star in her own right singing for jazz audiences. At first, she was reluctant to sing her father’s songs because she wanted her own identity. But in 1991 she released an album with her joining her father’s voice to re-create them as duets. The record was a huge success winning Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Engineered – Non-Classical.
Today’s song Unforgettable won an additional four Grammy awards in 1992.
Sadly, Natalie suffered from a series of health problems attributed to her drug use at a younger age. She died in January of 2016.
So in honor of a father daughter combination today’s song is a two for one. We get to listen to Natalie and her father Nat King Cole perform one of their most beautiful songs Unforgettable. Enjoy.