Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat King Cole

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 entertainers of the 20th century.

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.

Photo Credit: William P. Gottlieb Collections, Library of Congress

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 entertainers of the 20th century. Cole began his career as a work-a-day jazz pianist in Los Angeles in the 1940s. By the time the decade was out, he was widely considered to be one of the top jazz pianists of his day, as well as a successful pop star with his famed “King Cole Trio.”

 

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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Fee:  $0.00
  Must be 18 or older

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