Quotes by: Nat King Cole

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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.
Genres
Vocal Jazz Swing Traditional Pop
Occupation(s)
Singer musician
Instruments
Piano vocals organ melodica
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 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
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
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
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
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
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