Rock & Roll Heaven: Natalie Cole (1950 – 2015)

We have some sad news to report on this first day of the year - the beautiful and incredibly talented Natalie Cole has gone to Rock and Roll Heaven following complications due to illness. Natalie was born into music royalty, the daughter of legendary singer (and namesake) Nat King Cole. Despite her famous name, she still paid her dues, singing in small clubs with her band, Black Magic.

Natalie came into her own the 1970s with a string of hits including "Our Love," "Inseparable," and "This Will Be."

Our Love (Live)

Natalie fell off the public's radar for a period when drugs and depression threatened to dim her talent. She came back with a vengance in 1987 with "Everlasting," featuring a poptastic cover of Bruce Springsteen's cheeky "Pink Cadillac."

Pink Cadillac

While "Pink Cadillac" was a radio hit, it didn't reflect Cole's soulful talent. She began returning to her roots with 1989's "Good To Be Back," featuring one of my own personal favorites: "Miss You Like Crazy."

Miss You Like Crazy

Cole completed her comeback in 1991 when she embraced her father's legacy - and catalog. "Unforgettable... with Love" is a beautiful tribute to her father, his music and their legacy. It was also a huge hit, selling more than 7 million copies and earning the 1991 Album of the Year Grammy.

Cole also won the Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Performance Grammys for her posthumous duet with her father. She truly was "Unforgettable."

Unforgettable - live

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