Nat King Cole at the piano in 1951, the year "Too Young" was a huge hit. Hulton Archive / Getty Images hide caption

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Nat King Cole: An Incandescent Voice

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George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero. Greg Allen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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George Benson Follows The Path Of His 'Unforgettable' Idol

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'Nat King Cole Show' Challenged TV's Race Line

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Nat King Cole May Have Inspired Beatles' 'Yesterday'

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Nelson Riddle

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Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950. Ron Case/Getty Images hide caption

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Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

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Nat King Cole, May 16, 1960. Fox Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Nat King Cole: 'The Singer'

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Nat King Cole, ca. June 1947. William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com hide caption

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Nat King Cole: 'The Pianist'

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Nat King Cole: 'After Midnight,' 'Best of the Nat King Cole Trio'

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Nat King Cole was enduring, iconic and, appropriately enough, unforgettable. Keystone/Hulton Archive hide caption

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