A look back at events in 1964

Dec. 23, 1964

GOOD MORNING: Nat Cole underwent an extensive physical exam for a two million-$-plus insurance policy less than six months ago — and he passed all the tests. Policy was being prepped to give Cole long-range income protection by Capitol Records, which was to be named beneficiary. Due to complicated contract negotiations required in conjunction with the policy — it was not taken out!…Everyone is encouraged to hear that Cole is now “responding favorably” to the cobalt treatments…2008 Update: Nat “King” Cole died of cancer Feb. 15, 1965. He was only 45. The next day I wrote, ” ‘Gentelman Nat’ was a proud ambassador of his profession. He made being a pro, being ‘nice’ seem so easy. Being without Nat Cole is gonna be tough for showbiz.”…His daughter Natalie Cole was only 15 when he died . Yesterday, Natalie appeared in Edmonton at a fundraiser for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. It is one of many such cancer charity appearances made by Natalie. She is also busy at work recording her next album — “Still Unforgetable.” It is due in September and she’s been at work on it since January. She’s recording n the studio at her father’s alma mater — Capitol. “It is the best in town — perhaps in the country,” she told me. Natalie recorded the first “Unforgettable” there 17 years ago. And yes, there will be a duet with her father. “It’s not a song that people will recognize as ‘a Nat King Cole song.’ It was so hard to find — that’s why it’s taken me so long.” (P.S. She wouldn’t allow me to publish its name) “It’s not a ballad — it’s uptempo — you’ll love it!” Will there also be a video duet with Nat as with “Unforgettable”? “Absolutely” The album will be a return to the American songbook — 21 songs of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald — eight arrangers including two of the top movie musical arrangers, Nan Schwartz and VictorVanacord. Natalie has recently returned from dates in Malaysia and Nova Scotia. She performs with the Boston Pops May 7-8 and at the Hollywood Bowl on July 9 in her fifth performing decade. Natalie started performing at 11 — at the side of her father Nat. They are “Still Unforgetable.”

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