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Nat King Cole (1919 – 1965)


American singer and jazz musician; born Nathaniel Adams Coles.
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Nat King Cole
You can't cling to the past. Too many different things are coming into the world.
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I felt something impossible for me to explain in words. Then when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to me— I was a father."
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Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.




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A buzzard took the monkey for a ride in the air
The monkey thought that everything was on the square
The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off his back
But the monkey grabbed his neck and said — "Now listen, Jack..."
"Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top."
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He was cool before it was cool to be cool.
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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 think what makes him so compelling as an artist, is that there is a tragic beauty in him. The sadness comes through in his singing.
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The buzzard told the monkey "You're chokin' me
Release your hold and I'll set you free"
The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said
"Your story's touching but it sounds like a lie."
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I'm a businessman. I work for business people. The kind of thing they say is: Now we've sold a lot of records, let's sell some more.
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I guess I just get to the heart of people's feelings, that's all.
Nat King Cole
I ... started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that's just the way it came out.




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Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.
Nat King Cole
For as long as there is some way for people to be able to hear that voice, there will be those who will be influenced by his voice.
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I took a chance on "Nature Boy", though I think "Lost April" is a much better song. The public liked "Nature Boy" because it was something different.
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