Yet instead of exploiting the moment and rushing out a second volume, Cole thoughtfully took a step back, devoted herself to several other stellar projects including her riveting autobiography, and waited until she felt ready to return to the songs that fulfill her heart and soul. There is never a guarantee of success when you are ready to put out a record — especially one like this. You have to go with your gut, but I didn't want to be shamelessly chasing after the success of Unforgettable: With Love , so I waited. On this, her 21st studio album, Cole also took the reins as producer for the first time. I think this is going to work just as well.
To honour her impressive achievements, we take a look at the 20 songs that best represent her work. Let us know in the comments section, below. Listen to the best Natalie Cole songs on Spotify. Natalie Cole first recorded with her father on the Yuletide album The Magic Of Christmas , when she was six, but by the time her career launched in , Nat had been dead 20 years. Via studio wizardry, father and daughter unite on the closing title duet, which, as a single, made the Top 10 in the US and Top 20 in the UK. Pete Christlieb is the featured saxophonist. She wrote the song, a delectable Latin-flavoured tune, with her uncle Eddie Cole, who also arranged it. Cole shows her sensual side on this powerful declaration of all-consuming love that was the closing cut on her debut album, Inseparable.
Who Was Natalie Cole?
The daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole , she earned a degree in child psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Although uncertain about pursuing a career in entertainment, she accepted a summer job singing with a band and was soon performing regularly. In she met Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy, songwriters and record producers who became frequent collaborators and helped her sign with Capitol Records.
He recorded over songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first African-American man to host an American television series.