Singer Natalie Cole passed away on Thursday of congestive heart failure. She was 65.
Cole, of course, was the daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole. She would achieve fame in her own right a decade after his death with a string of r&b hits during the mid to late 1970’s. Drug abuse would curtail her career during most of the 1980’s, but she would get back on track late that decade. Cole is probably best known for a 1991 vocal re-mix of her father’s classic hit “Unforgettable”. During this period, Cole mostly recorded jazz music.
In recent years, as a result of her earlier drug abuse. Cole struggled with Hepatitis C, liver and kidney diseasse. In 2009, she underwent a kidney transplant. Those health problems accelerated in December forcing her to cancel a series of concerts before eventually being hospitalized.
The Natalie Cole song with which I am most familiar is “This Will Be” which was her first big hit and would earn her a Grammy Award. You can watch this video of her performing the song on British TV in the 1970’s.