|Nat King Cole|
Nat King Cole, circa June 1947
|Birth name||Nathaniel Adams Coles|
|Also known as||Nat Cole|
March 17, 1919|
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died||February 15, 1965
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen.
The sheriff is at the cash register, and if I don't get a hit soon, I don't know what I'll do.
For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death.
The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.
The only prejudice I've found anywhere in TV is in some advertising agencies, and there isn't so much prejudice as just fear.
I can't bear to see myself even in movies. The feeling is complex. I can't stand the sight of myself.
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.
Only time, education and plenty of good schooling will make anti-segregation work.
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.
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.
Primarily I'm a meat man, although once in a while I toy with a few vegetables.
I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court is having a hard time integrating schools. What chance do I have to integrate audiences?
The only sport I'm not interested in is horse racing. That's because I don't know the horses personally.
I make no claim to being a business genius. You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.
It's not the people in the South who create racial problems – it's the people who are governing.
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.