By Stuart Kremsky
Nat “King” Cole, born too poor to have a birth certificate, went on to achieve not merely one, but two highly successful careers in music. He was a highly regarded pianist in the swing era, with a sound all his own, then became one of the biggest pop vocalists of the Fifties. Along the way, the smooth talking, handsome star managed to attract his share of controversy among jazz fans and civil rights activists even as his records regularly sold in the millions.
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