Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Ellington, 1948. They married only 6 days after his divorce was finalized to his first wife. They would go on to have 5 children. Credit: BuzzFeed
+ Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
The daughter of famed singer Nat King Cole came into her own right as a singer with hits “This Will Be,” “Our Love,” and “Inseparable.” She would spend years struggling with substance abuse, but died at 65 on New Year’s Eve 2015 from heart failure.
An Evening With Nat King Cole, from a 1963 summer broadcast on the BBC. 47 minutes long. Cole is one of the greatest voices ever. Sadly, he entered hospital fifteen months after this show, with lung cancer, mostly likely from smoking up to 3 packs of cigarettes a day, which he did deliberately to give his voice its soft texture.