Nathaniel Adams Cole went on to become one of America's, and the world's, most beloved vocalists.
The best Nat King Cole songs reveal just why the jazz pianist and singer is hailed as one of the world’s greatest vocalists – and a pioneer for racial equality.
The event will also feature a panel discussion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cole's birth.
Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’ album remains a timeless classic of vocal jazz, arguably representing the high point of his incredible music.
‘Lights Out’ focuses on the last broadcast of Cole’s variety show on 17 December 1957, when the jazz giant famously declared: ‘Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark”.
“To let his musical accomplishments, fade or diminish even slightly would be a grave mistake. He was and is, a master of the music.”
The voice of one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, also a much-loved pianist, was silenced by lung cancer on 15 February 1965.
From the first flushes of romance, to heartbreak, loss and lust, the love song puts emotions to words – and music – remaining a core part of our lives.
The far-reaching song inspired the African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, and it went on to enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The digital duet will be included on the 'Ultimate Nat King Cole' compilation, to be released on 15 March.
The set contains all of the soul figurehead's solo and non-soundtrack recordings from 1972, with most tracks making their first appearance on vinyl.
Photographing the great jazz musicians both in public and private, William Gottlieb always managed to capture them with a truth others failed to achieve.
The new retrospectives will be joined by an expanded edition of Marvin Gaye's tribute album to the great entertainer.
Cole's fourth album 'Thankful' appeared in November 1977 and immediately offered up her next R&B chart entry and later pop top tenner, the smooth and sultry ballad 'Our Love.'
Film musicals, a true American art form, have celebrated freedom in the cinema, self-expression and the pursuit of dreams down life’s yellow brick road.