About the Course
For the centennial celebration of Nat King Cole on March 17, 2019, we will explore the legacy of one of the most influential and successful... See more
By the end of the 1950s, Nat King Cole had become a world-famous ballad singer, a film star, and the first black man to host an American television series. His fame continued to grow into the 1960s, until his life was tragically cut short in 1965 at only 45 years old.
In this course, we will examine the performer’s career, with an in-depth look at his music, his personal life, and his struggles against racism in America in the 1950s and 60s.
Instructor: Mark Chilla is the Production Director at WFIU Public Radio, where he hosts the nationally-syndicated Great American Songbook series Afterglow and the long-running classical music trivia show Ether Game. As an educator at Indiana University and elsewhere, Chilla has taught, lectured, and published on a variety of popular music topics, including the Beatles, B. B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.
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