NATALIE COLE FACTS:
Genre: R&B, Pop, Soul
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Albums: Inseparable (1975); Natalie (1976); Unpredictable (1977); Thankful (1977); I Love You So (1979); We're the Best of Friends (with Peabo Bryson) (1979); Don't Look Back (1980); Happy Love (1981); I'm Ready (1983); Dangerous (1985); Everlasting (1987); Good to Be Back (1989); Unforgettable... with Love (1991); Take a Look (1993); Stardust (1996); Snowfall on the Sahara (1999); Ask a Woman Who Knows (2002); Leavin' (2006); Still Unforgettable (2008)
Awards: 8 Grammys, 3 American Music Awards
Hits: "This Will Be," "Inseparable," "Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady)," "I've Got Love on My Mind," "Pink Cadillac," "Miss You Like Crazy," "Unforgettable" (with Nat King Cole)
Other: Digitally composited with her fathers' original recordings for the Unforgettable... with Love album.
As the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole and a musician in Duke Ellington's band, Natalie Cole was born to be a performer. With a smooth voice that rivals her father's and a wealth of natural talent, she has had a successful career that has spanned nearly four decades and remains a popular force within the music industry.
Cole became a star at a relatively young age, and began performing well before she even graduated from college. Her debut album, 1975's Inseparable, was an immediate success and spawned a pair of big hits. The album's title track, along with "This Will Be," earned Cole wide spread attention, and earned her a pair of Grammys - Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Cole was able to maintain her initial level of success throughout much of the decade. In 1977, she released a pair of albums, Unpredictable and Thankful, both of which became certified platinum. That same year she also won another Grammy for her performance of the classic jazz tune "Sophisticated Lady." She closed out the '70s with two more popular albums, I Love You So and We're The Best of Friends, which were both certified gold.
The first half of the '80s were not kind to Cole, who experienced a number of personal issues that forced her to withdraw from the music industry. However, she came back strong in 1987 with the release of Everlasting, which earned her widespread acclaim with her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac."
In 1991 it became apparent that she had made a full comeback when she came out with Unforgettable...With Love, an album that contained her renditions of 22 of her father's most popular tunes. The record was a critical and commercial success and sold more than 7 million copies in the United States alone. The record won Cole a number of Grammys as well, including the coveted Album of the Year.
While she was unable to match the immense success of her cover album, Cole remained relevant throughout much of the '90s and 2000s and even made the foray into acting, appearing in such TV shows as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Grey's Anatomy. Her most recent record, 2008's Still Unforgettable, was similar to her 1991 hit, and earned her yet another Grammy Award.