Natalie Cole

Active - 1994 - 2012  |   Born - Feb 6, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, United States  |   Died - Dec 31, 2015   |   Genres - Music, Drama

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  • Didn't become serious about pursuing a music career until her junior year in college, when she began singing in clubs up and down the East Coast.
  • Scored five No. 1 R&B hits from 1975 to '77, including her debut single "This Will Be." Found similar success on the album front, with her first five LPs achieving either gold or platinum status.
  • Topped the pop album charts in 1991 with Unforgettable: With Love, on which she covered many of her dad's classic songs.
  • Underwent a kidney transplant in 2009, which led her to become a spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization.
  • Involved with Tune In to Hep C, a public health campaign educating people about hepatitis C (which she had and overcame).
  • Wrote two memoirs: Angel on My Shoulder (2000), about her life, career and battles with drug dependency; and Love Brought Me Back (2009), about her kidney problems, the donor whose death gave her life and her sister Carole "Cookie" King.