Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, who was one of the greatest Jazz singers and musicians of the 20th century, followed in her father’s footsteps to become a legendary hitmaker in her own right, with such classics as This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) and the famous virtual duet with her father, Unforgettable.
Cole, however was plagued with numerous health issues, including Hepatitis-C, the result from years of substance abuse. Her battles with Cocaine addiction became legendary and it put her in rehab twice. Only after a second visit did the treatment take hold and her career successfully resume.
During her career, which launched in 1975, Cole had considerable success in both Pop and Jazz fields. And, much the same as her father, was universally admired by audiences and fellow musicians alike.
This concert from 2000 is from one of her frequent tours of Europe and the many Jazz festivals where she performed. Cole was a consummate performer and gave tirelessly of herself, slowing down only when health issues got in the way.
Since 2015 saw so many passings of so many memorable artists, that Natalie Cole ends up the year as one of the last to go is especially sad. But like her father, death came young. And also like her father, we don’t get a chance to hear what she would be doing years from now, what changes in direction would she had taken, what new shadings would her rich and luxuriant voice take.
All that’s left are the recordings and the videos and concerts like this one, to remind us of who we listened to and enjoyed and who made our lives richer for the chance.
And in the end, that’s all there is.