Brough's Books on Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

Books on an Icon of Jazz and Popular Music
Home > Music > Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole
by Daniel Mark Epstein
Pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole made everything look easy. His warm and haunting tenor voice, suave demeanor, and elegant piano style influenced dozen of singers and instrumentalists, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Oscar Peterson, and Diana Krall. But as Daniel Mark Epstein unveils in this illuminating biography, it took years of dues-paying for Cole to reach superstardom. With prose that reads like Cole's lyrical phrasings, Epstein takes the reader through the eventful places and spaces of the artist's life: from his birth in Alabama in 1919, his family's turbulent move to Chicago, and his rise as an Earl Hines-influenced teen jazz sensation, to the formation of his famous piano-guitar-bass trio in the '40s.

Epstein doesn't shy away from the lows, describing the anguish Cole caused his preacher father, the failed first marriage, tax and health problems, sibling rivalry, and the jealousy that destroyed his combo when Cole made the transition from jazz artist to pop singer. But these are balanced with the highs, like the tremendous success of Cole's vocal hits "Straighten Up And Fly Right" "Route 66," "Mona Lisa," and "The Christmas Song," and his second marriage to Maria Ellington. Epstein also cites Cole's quiet battles on the Civil Rights front. He purchased a home in an exclusive, all white Los Angeles neighborhood; insisted on performing for integrated audiences in the south and heroically survived a vicious racial attack during a Birmingham concert in 1956. "Nat King Cole was not a political philosopher schooled in rhetoric or the dialectics of history," the author writes. "He was a clear thinker with sound instincts and compassion.... Where he had gone--to riches, fame, and honor--he hoped his brothers and sisters would soon follow." By he time died of lung cancer in 1965, his artistry had left its mark on the 20th century and on everyone who loved him. As Epstein summarizes, "[H]e paid attention to his friends, his children, his sideman, his audiences and most of all his music." --Eugene Holley, Jr. -
Paperback: 437 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.37 x 9.20 x 6.16
Publisher: Northeastern University Press; (November )
ISBN: 1555534694

The Best of Nat King Cole
by Peter Foss (Editor)
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications; (November 26, )

Nat King Cole All Time Greatest Hits

Unforgettable : The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole


Nat King Cole
by Daniel Mark Epstein
Hardcover: 437 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.50 x 10.00 x 6.75
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux;
ISBN: 0374219125

Nat King Cole : An Unforgettable Life of Music (African American Profiles for the Young)

Nat King Cole : A Personal and Professional Biography
by James Haskins, Kathleen Benson (Contributor)
Publisher: Scarborough House; Reprint edition (December 1990)

Nat King Cole (Black American Series)

Nat King Cole (G K Hall Large Print Book Series (Cloth)) [LARGE PRINT]

Nat King Cole

Unforgettable : The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole LPs
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications; (December 1993)
Out of Print - Try Used Books

Natalie and Nat King Cole (Star Families)

Natalie and Nat King Cole (Star Families)

Nat King Cole : An Intimate Biography

Search This Site

Nat King Cole Music CDs
More Nat King Cole CDs
Copyright © 1997-2023