Spreading Good News (Post 515 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American Network Television Show Host, Nat “King” Cole)

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WHEN HATE COLLIDES WITH LOVE, LOVE ALWAYS WINS.  ~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

In honor of “Black History Month,” I will be Spreading Good News with daily posts of informative, educational, entertaining pieces about Black History.

I hope you enjoy this piece!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American Network Television Show Host, Nat “King” Cole

 

Jazz pianist and popular singer Nathaniel Adams Coles was born into a musical family in Montgomery, Alabama in 1919.  His mother was a choir director in his father’s Baptist church and his three brothers became professional musicians.  Cole started playing the piano at age four and organized his first jazz group, The Musical Dukes, in his teens.

Cole’s unique style of singing has aptly been described as velvet and silk. Cole applied it successfully to a variety of musical material and thus influenced other performers of the era.  An arranger-musical director, he formed his instrumental group, The King Cole Trio, in 1939 in Los Angeles.  They attracted wide attention in 1943 with their recording, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.”  Cole began to concentrate more on singing backed by a larger orchestra, and in 1948-49, had his own radio show.  By 1952, he was singing more than playing jazz, and recorded such favorites as “Stardust” and “Ain’t Misbehavin.’”  He also had hits with “When I Fall in Love,” “Where Can I Go,” “Love Letters,” and “Mona Lisa.”  The most popular of Cole’s songs of the era was “Unforgettable.”

In 1956 Nat “King” Cole became the first African American entertainer to have his own nationally syndicated television show.  Ratings were poor, and bigotry kept sponsors away.  He was also a victim of a vicious racist attack by six white men in his native state of Alabama that same year while performing on stage in Birmingham.

Cole appeared in popular films, among them China Gate and Cat Ballou.  He received numerous awards and traveled internationally.  Nat King Cole died in Santa Monica, California in 1965.  His two daughters, Carole and Natalie, became professional singers.

NOTE FROM JOYCE:  I remember watching his television show.  My family and I really enjoyed his singing—still do!!

Click this Youtube link to hear/see Nat “King” Cole perform “Unforgettable.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkVuQGgx7d8&feature=related

Through the wonders of digital technology, in 1991, Natalie recorded an “Unforgettable” (pun definitely intended!) duet with her father.  BRAVO!!!

Click this Youtube link to hear/see their “Unforgettable” duet.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8ZW4bI0Drw&feature=related

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If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

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Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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