Still unforgettable

Congestive heart failure has a way of lurking in the background for God knows how long and then suddenly lowering the boom. So it was with Natalie Cole, taken from us on New Year’s Eve at sixty-five. If it was unexpected, and it was, well, she didn’t look sick recently:

Natalie Cole sitting on the porch

Natalie Cole sitting on the patio

And could she still sing, you ask? You needn’t have asked. In 2013 she cut her last studio album, a collection of Latin standards (Natalie Cole en español) which topped the Latin chart, just missed the top of the Jazz chart, and even crept into the top half of the Billboard 200. The niftiest track, I think, was the five-minute medley enclosed by Tito Puente’s “Oye como va,” which was energetic as anything she’d ever done. But this is the track people clamored for: a version of “Acércate más” (“Come Closer to Me”) in which she’s accompanied by her father.

And if her intonation is better than his — neither of them spoke Spanish — no one’s going to say a word.



  1. jsallison »

    2 January 2016 · 8:34 pm

    RIP, easy on the eyes AND ears.

  2. ETat »

    2 January 2016 · 10:52 pm

    She was a great singer. That is so sad.

  3. ms7168 »

    4 January 2016 · 11:36 am

    I am old enough to remember the last of her Dad’s career. At that time I was unaware that he had such a talented daughter who was named after him :) Wasn’t until the mid 70s when her first hit single broke which is running through my head right now! I have it and her “Unforgettable” mix with her Dad in my collection. Thinking about getting one of these latest ones you mention!

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