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Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole, circa June 1947
Background information
Birth name Nathaniel Adams Coles
Also known as Nat Cole
Born (1919-03-17)March 17, 1919
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 15, 1965(1965-02-15) (aged 45)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Vocal Jazz
Traditional Pop





Years active 1934–1965
Labels Capitol
Associated acts

Louis Armstrong
Natalie Cole
Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
Bing Crosby
Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah Washington
Ray Charles
Billie Holiday
Duke Ellington

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
I'm in the music business for one purpose - to make money.
I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen.
Nat King Cole
The sheriff is at the cash register, and if I don't get a hit soon, I don't know what I'll do.
Nat King Cole
For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death.
Nat King Cole
I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.
The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.
Nat King Cole
The only prejudice I've found anywhere in TV is in some advertising agencies, and there isn't so much prejudice as just fear.
Nat King Cole
I can't bear to see myself even in movies. The feeling is complex. I can't stand the sight of myself.
Nat King Cole
The whites come to applaud a Negro performer just like the colored do. When you've got the respect of white and colored, you can ease a lot of things.
Nat King Cole
If I could read it, I could play it.
People don't slip. Time catches up with them.
Only time, education and plenty of good schooling will make anti-segregation work.
Nat King Cole
I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it.
Nat King Cole
I'm proud of our court. It knocks back a lot of the propaganda the Communists put out about the way America treats her Negroes.
Nat King Cole
There's just one thing I can't figure out. My income tax!
You've got to change with the public's taste.
Primarily I'm a meat man, although once in a while I toy with a few vegetables.
Nat King Cole
I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
Nat King Cole
Get me well so I can get on television and tell people to stop smoking.
Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.
I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
Nat King Cole
I was a guinea pig for some hoodlums who thought they could hurt me and frighten me and keep other Negro entertainers from the South.
Nat King Cole
Music is emotional, and you may catch a musician in a very unemotional mood or you may not be in the same frame of mind as the musician. So a critic will often say a musician is slipping.
Nat King Cole
The Supreme Court is having a hard time integrating schools. What chance do I have to integrate audiences?
Nat King Cole
The only sport I'm not interested in is horse racing. That's because I don't know the horses personally.
Nat King Cole
I make no claim to being a business genius. You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.
Nat King Cole
It's not the people in the South who create racial problems – it's the people who are governing.
Nat King Cole
I'm not playing for other musicians. We're trying to reach the guy who works all day and wants to spend a buck at night. We'll keep him happy.
Nat King Cole