Unforgettable: Commentary on the passing of Natalie Maria Cole


We, the members of Ouch That Hertz!, regret to inform our readers that Natalie Maria Cole the daughter of the Jazz legend, Nat ‘King’ Cole, has died at 65 years old. Ms. Cole was pronounced dead on December 31, 2015 at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California; Cole’s death was due to congestive heart failure. It was no secret that the artist had battled with drug addictions that ended up in a kidney transplant in 2009, and Cole had cited the transplant was due “intravenous drug use.” Cole’s family commented “our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever.”

Cole, much like her father, had a momentous career that spanned over three decades, with Grammy winning hits like “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”, “Our Love” and one of her most well-known pieces, the spliced version of “Unforgettable” that featured her late father’s vocals.  Cole’s career was incredible, winning nine Grammy awards, and was nominated for twelve, not only did Cole win Grammy’s but she dabbled in film and television, as well. Cole had one of the best voices in the R&B and Jazz/Soul and made a name for herself, while honoring her father’s legacy.  Cole had said that, similarly, to her father she preferred to perform with a full band in the old jazz style.

Just as the song says “unforgettable, that’s what you are” is the description of how the world views Natalie Cole, an unforgettable talent. Ms. Cole will stay in our musical memories for generations to come, and we will cherish the beautiful music she gave us.

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