Nat "King" Cole (1919-1965) was born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama. He first came to prominence as a notable jazz pianist with his own King Cole Trio in the late 1930s. Cole later became a vocalist, lending his easy-going style of singing and a husky voice to songs such as "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "For Sentimental Reasons," and "Mona Lisa." In the mid-1950s, his musical TV series broke color barriers and made history. Popular over two decades, Cole attained lasting acceptance by audiences throughout the world.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (August 18, 1994).
Scott Catalogue USA: 2852
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Museum ID: 1995.2075.42