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George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero.
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July 6, 2013 Benson and the late Nat King Cole have a lot in common: Both started as acclaimed jazz instrumentalists, but became pop stars when they started singing. Cole was a huge influence on Benson, and the guitarist — who turned 70 this spring — pays tribute on his latest album.
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Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.
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August 7, 2012 The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author says he'll never forget his mother's renditions of Nat King Cole songs.
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Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.
October 20, 2011 The jazz producer put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.
Plays Nat King Cole En Español comes out Oct. 11.
October 2, 2011 Saxophonist David Murray got the idea to pay tribute to the singing legend, a childhood hero of his, while recording in Cuba.
Sheet music for W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues."
August 10, 2011 Hear five versions of the popular W.C. Handy song, performed by five of America's top jazz artists.
Nat King Cole singing "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" on an episode of his show that originally aired January 21, 1957.
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February 15, 2011 Why the NBC variety show hosted by the singer and pianist remains important 50 years after it went off the air.
Nat King Cole performed frequently in Latin America, and also recorded three Spanish-language albums.
September 7, 2010 From the 1940s through the mid-'60s, Cole was one of America's most beloved and familiar singers. But his fans might not be as well aware of the crooner's Latin American tours -- or with the three Spanish-language records he released in the 1950s. Now, some Spanish-speaking musicians have created an album paying tribute to Cole's Latin hits.
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Nat King Cole was enduring, iconic and, appropriately enough, unforgettable.
March 16, 2010 Over the course of his life, Nat King Cole became a jazz innovator and an icon of American popular music. Take Five celebrates Cole's birthday — he was born on March 17, 1919 — with a "five-tool" (that's baseball lingo, we'll explain) approach, highlighting the breadth of his work.
June 17, 2008 You've just embarked on a long-anticipated summer road trip. You're filled with joy and excitement — until you fill your gas tank and are overcome with horror and grief. Here's hoping you brought this road-ready jazz mix to get back into the right frame of mind.
February 13, 2008 Every year, Valentine's Day brings the same old sappy cards, chocolates, and heart-shaped jewelry — stuff that's nowhere near as special as retailers would have you believe. Why not impress your sweetheart with some music inspired by love instead?
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