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Freddy Cole

The younger brother of Nat King Cole and uncle of Natalie Cole, singer/pianist Freddy Cole sounds a great deal like his celebrated sibling, yet has a personality of his own. Cole, whose vocals tend to be a bit darker and slightly rougher, began playing piano at five or six. He was interested in playing football professionally, but decided to pursue a career in music after a hand injury ended his career as an athlete. He debuted on vinyl in 1952 when he recorded the single "The Joke's on Me" for the obscure Chicago-based Topper Records. His next single, "Whispering Grass," on Columbia's OKeh label, was a moderate hit in 1953. In the '60s and '70s, he developed a small following recording for various small labels. Cole founded his First Shot label in the '80s and went on to record for Sunnyside and LaserLight in the early '90s. A few years later, he signed with Fantasy and enjoyed greater visibility with Grand Freddy. By 2000, Cole had signed with Telarc and released his first disc for the label, Merry-Go-Round, followed by Rio de Janeiro Blue in 2001. In the Name of Love appeared two years later featuring Cole's approach to soft pop hits made famous by Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, and Van Morrison, among others. In 2004, GRP reissued Cole's 1964 recording Waiter, Ask the Man to Play the Blues. It was followed in 2005 by This Love of Mine, in 2006 by Because of You, and in 2010, by Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B, all on the Highnote label. In 2011, Cole released Talk to Me featuring guitarist Randy Napoleon, saxophonist Harry Allen, trumpeter Terell Stafford, and others. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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A fantastic saloon singer and a real vocal talent in his own right. Freddy put his signature on a great many tunes.
Saw Freddy in Rochester at a small club and he was awesome!
777middleton
GREAT!
jacqueiseals
Saw him Sat at the Jazz Kitchen in Indy and he was worth taking a short trip from Fort Wayne, IN. He is truly a gentleman and a romantic. Glad I got to meet him and take some pictures with him. He has a sense of humor as well.
Saw him at the Dakota in Mpls. - one of the best sets I've heard anywhere. And as good as Nat and Natalie were and are - Freddy is #1 Cole in my book!
Love his sound, never new his brother is, Nat King Cole.
He sounds just as good now as when, I use to see him at ambassador east in Chicago. He is worth seeing and hearing. Thank u Freddy
rmhealy
where did I see you along the Hudson River. north of Hoboken? Great memory of a performance.
love you man you got the voice
FREDDY SOUND BETTER THAN NAT AND IS A BETTER VOCALIST IN COMPARISON TO MR B. AND JOHNNY HARTMAN
Lineup:
Freddy Cole - vocals
David Fathead Newman - tenor sax
John DiMartino - piano
Derrick Hodge - bass
Mark Taylor - drums
acayala7
Shame on me....I have just discovered this amazing musician. Where have I been? I could listen to him all day (and night) long. So special...
This man is a true legend. I've had the pleasure of meeting him in person...one of the highlights of my life. He's not only talented but a professional and a true gentleman.
p_ert251
Sunday afternoon piano bar can of music sitting, sipping, and a little toe-tapping can't think of any thing better.
i like him to.who,s playing the sax on this love of mine.
bigdaddie7
you sound great freddy !

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