Legendary jazz great, Nat King Cole, was hands down one of the most talented American performers in his time. Remembered for his soothing voice and dexterity on the keyboard, Cole’s love for music began from infancy, crediting his mother as the only music teacher he ever had, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. As early as four years old, Cole played “Yes, We Have No Bananas” on the piano.
Besides music, Cole was also a very talented actor and performed on Broadway shows. He made history in 1956 when his show, The Nat King Cole Show, became the first variety TV series to be hosted by an African-American performer.
Cole passed away on February 15, 1965, at the age of 45. To celebrate his legacy, Face2Face Africa shares with you 10 of his greatest hits.
Scroll through to take a look at them in no particular order: