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Natalie Cole was an American singer/songwriter/actress from Los Angeles, CA who rose to prominence in the 1970s. The daughter of  pop singer Nat King Cole, Cole rose to fame as an R&B artist. She sold over 30 million records worldwide. At age 6, Cole sang on her father’s Christmas album and later began performing at age 11. Cole grew up listening to a variety of artists from R&B singer Aretha Franklin to psychedelic blues/rock icon Janis Joplin. Upon her graduation, she began performing in clubs with the band Black Magic. Clubs initially welcomed her because she was Nat King Cole’s daughter, only to be disappointed when she began covering R&B and rock numbers. While performing, she was spotted by producers Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy. Yancy and Jackson approached Cole about doing records together. After cutting several tracks, they submitted a tape to several record labels. Capital Records, her father’s label, signed Cole to a recording contract. Cole, Jackson and Yancy  entered the studio to polish their recordings. The result was Cole’s debut album “Inseparable.” Released in 1975, “Inseparable” included the singles “This Will Be”, “Inseparable” and “I Can’t Say No.”  In 1976, Cole went on to win Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best R&B Vocal Performance Female. Cole’s sophomore effort, “Natalie”, contained the hit “Sophisticated Lady.” In later years, Cole changed her musical direction and began recording pop standards.  She went on to release the albums “Unpredictable” (1977), “Thankful” (1977), “I Love You So” (1979), “Don’t Look Back” (1980), “Happy Love” (1981), “I’m Ready” (1981), “Dangerous” (1985), “Everlasting” (1987), “Good To Be Back” (1989), “Unforgettable…. With Love” (1991), “Take A Look” (1993), “Holly & Ivy” (1994), “Stardust” (1996), “A Celebration Of Christmas” (1996), “Snowfall On The Sahara” (1999), “Ask A Woman Who Knows” (2002), “Leaving” (2006), “Still Unforgettable” (2008), “Caroling, Caroling: Christmas With Natalie Cole” (2008), “The Most Wonderful  Time Of The Year” (2010) and “Natalie Cole en Espanol” (2013). Natalie Cole died of congestive heart failure on December 31, 2015. She was 65 years old.