Nat King Cole is considered to be one of the 20th century's most distinctive voices. He was a respected and influential jazz pianist with his King Cole Trio during the 1930s and 1940s, but the group found its greatest success when Cole began doubling as a solo singer. His soft baritone made songs such as 'Straighten Up and Fly Right,' 'Sweet Lorraine,' and 'Route 66' chart successes, and led him into a prolific recording career that would produce not only hit singles but many Gold and Platinum albums. THE WORLD OF NAT KING COLE traces the life and career of the Chicago born singer who passed away in his prime at age 45, but whose music has been loved and enjoyed by generations since. TVPG
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