Each of the Cole brothers pursued careers in music. Her father, Mingo Hawkins, was a postal worker; her mother, Caro Saunders, died in childbirth when Ms. Hawkins was 2. , "Nat "King" Cole's Widow Maria Cole Visits Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum", "Widow of Nat 'King' Cole dies of cancer at 89", North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, "Habitats/Echoes of Nat (King) Cole; A Berkshire Estate With a Special Beat", Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays, All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio, You're Lookin' at Me (A Collection of Nat King Cole Songs), Caroling, Caroling: Christmas with Natalie Cole, Unforgettable – A Musical Tribute to Nat King Cole, Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maria_Cole&oldid=964997701, Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 June 2020, at 20:27. Maria Cole, Singer and Wife of Nat King Cole, Dies at 89. She’s in a big hurry, writes down his address, and leaves. Maria Cole, a jazz singer who performed with Count Basie and Duke Ellington in the 1940s and who was married to Nat King Cole for 17 years until his death in 1965, died on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 89. Summary of eRumor: An African-American woman is stranded on an Alabama Highway in a rain storm. She was a jazz singer who worked with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, under the name Marie Ellington. Ms. Hawkins returned to Boston to attend a clerical college but began working with a jazz orchestra by night and soon dropped out to pursue her love of music in New York, much to the chagrin of her family, who thought jazz an inappropriate vocation for a proper young lady. Our beloved ‘Cat Woman,’ Eartha Kitt, allegedly recalled a time when she got checked by the legendary Nat King Cole’s wife (Natalie Cole’s Mom), Maria Cole. Maria Cole, the widow of Nat “King” Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and a singer in Duke Ellington's band in the mid-1940s, died Tuesday of cancer in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 89. He had three brothers: Eddie (1910–1970), Ike (1927–2001), and Freddy (1931–2020), and a half-sister, Joyce Coles. Pelote, Vincent. In addition to her daughters Timolin and Natalie, and her sister Charlotte, Mrs. Cole is survived by another daughter, Casey Cole Hooker; and six grandchildren. Her mother, Carol, died while giving birth to her sister. In 1943 she married Spurgeon Ellington (no relation to Duke Ellington), a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black unit of the Army Air Corps in World War II. Natalie Cole. He died during a training flight. She met Nat "King" Cole while they were both singing at the Zanzibar club. That’s why our marriage worked.”. Grove Music Online. Mrs. Cole grew up in genteel circumstances in North Carolina, then left college in Boston to pursue a jazz career, moving to New York and joining Benny Carter’s band. According to the biography, “Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams,” Eartha Kitt once talked about Mrs. Cole’s extreme possessiveness over her husband, when it came to other women. Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 17, 1919. Maria Cole, a jazz singer who performed with Count Basie and Duke Ellington in the 1940s and who was married to Nat King Cole for 17 years until … Maria was married to writer Gary DeVore from 1969 until their divorce in 1978. 3, 1993., pp. When Nat King Cole was four years old, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where his father, Edward Coles, became a Baptist minister. The Man Who Helped A Stranded Motorist Who Turned Out to Be Mrs. Nat King Cole-Fiction! 28 Sep. 2016. A subsequent marriage ended in divorce. Before Mr. Cole died of lung cancer, at 45, Mrs. Cole had returned to singing, recording songs with her husband with Capitol Records, according to her family.
 Her father, Mingo Hawkins, was a letter carrier. The American musician Nat "King" Cole was beloved by millions as a singer of popular songs, but his specialty was piano in the tradition of "cool" jazz. Maria Cole (née Hawkins; August 1, 1922 – July 10, 2012) was an American jazz singer and the wife of singer Nat King Cole; mother of the singer Natalie Cole. born 1950, died 2015, age 65 Jazz Singer Daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole Ms. Hawkins and her sister Charlotte were sent to North Carolina to live with their aunt, Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, who founded the Palmer Memorial Institute, a prestigious black preparatory school near Greensboro. On tour they risked and sometimes encountered racial violence in the Jim Crow South; Mr. Cole was attacked onstage in Alabama in 1956. 49, no. What I needed, he had. “Nat wanted to improve himself,” Mrs. Cole told The Boston Globe in 1989. What he needed, I had. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, vol. A musical childhood Nathaniel Adams Coles, the youngest son of the Reverend Edwards Coles and Perlina (Adams) Coles, was born on March 17, 1917, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. [Part 1]", "Pop Chronicles Interviews #131 - Nat "King" Cole", "Study: Ad Agencies Exhibit 'Pervasive Racial Discrimination' | News", "17 Of The Most Influential Freemasons Ever", "Gale:Free Resources:Black History:Biographies: Nat King Cole", https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/12/nat-king-cole-attacked-on-stage-archive-1956, "It's All Right to Still Like Ike: History: Once Painted as a 'Distanced' President, Dwight Eisenhower Now is Heralded for his Strong Sense of Service", "Special Awards – Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame", Nat "King" Cole article in the Encyclopedia of Alabama, All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio, You're Lookin' at Me (A Collection of Nat King Cole Songs), Caroling, Caroling: Christmas with Natalie Cole, Unforgettable – A Musical Tribute to Nat King Cole, Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nat_King_Cole&oldid=982864066, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners, African-American television personalities, Spanish-language singers of the United States, Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Racially motivated violence against African Americans, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using Template:Infobox musical artist with unknown parameters, Articles with Encyclopædia Britannica links, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with TePapa identifiers, Wikipedia articles with Trove identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
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