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RIP NATALIE COLE♡
Variety Pat Saperstein  Singer Natalie Cole, whose hits included “This Will Be,” “I Live For Your Love” and “Unforgettable,” a virtual duet that she sang with her late father Nat “King” Cole, has died. The Associated Press reported she died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Cole died of congestive heart failure, and reportedly had experienced complications from a kidney transplant and hepatitis C. She had recently cancelled several concerts and suffered from liver disease. Cole won a Grammy for best female R&B performances as well as best new artist for the 1975 “This Will Be” from the “You” album. She again won the R&B Grammy the next year for “Sophisticated Lady.” Her third album “Unpredictable” went platinum with the hit “I’ve Got Love on My Mind” and her fourth album, “Thankful,” contained the hit “Our Love.” Cole also worked as an actress later in her career, logging guest shots on such TV series as “Touched By an Angel,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Law & Order: SVU.” She appeared in the 1990s TV movies “Lily in Winter,” “Abducted: A Father’s Love,” “Always Outnumbered” and “Freak City.” After a long dry spell in music, Cole staged a comeback with the 1991 album “Unforgettable…With Love,” which included the duet on the ballad “Unforgettable” with her father, a jazz legend turned pioneering African-American pop hit maker who died of lung cancer in 1965. Natalie Cole’s voice was blended with her father’s classic 1950s rendition of “Unforgettable” for a hit that spent 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two also appeared together in a video assembled from old footage of Nat “King” Cole for the song that was widely seen that year. Cole’s entry into the family business of music came at age 6 on her father’s holiday collection “The Christmas Album,” which featured his enduring rendition of “The Christmas Song.” Natalie and other siblings made appearances on her father’s NBC variety series “The Nat King Cole Show,” which aired in 1956 and 1957. Her father became the first African-American to topline a primetime network TV variety series. RIP!
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