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  • Mourning the Loss and Honoring the Unforgettable Life of Natalie Cole

    by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Posted on 2016-01-05

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    JACKSON LEE of texas in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, it is with a deep sadness and a heavy heart that I rise today to pay tribute to Natalie Cole, a woman who touched the hearts of millions of Americans.

    Natalie Cole passed away, December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California; she was only 65 years old.

    Natalie Cole's musical career began in 1975 when her debut album, Inseparable, was released and she became an instant star in the music industry.

    With hit songs such as ``This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),'' Natalie Cole exploded onto the music scene, earning the young starlet her first two Grammy Awards--for best new artist and best female R&B performance.

    In 1976 not long after Inseparable was released Cole married producer Marvin Yancy, with whom she welcomed her son Robert Adam Yancy into the world.

    Natalie Cole's career began to climb to new heights throughout the 1970's, releasing four gold and two platinum records.

    In 1979, Natalie Cole was honored on the Hollywood walk of fame, with a star of her very own.

    Although this strong woman struggled with her own personal demons, she was able to face and overcome them and in the mid-1980's was back on top of the musical charts with the megahit, ``Pink Cadillac.'' In 1991, Natalie Cole released her career-defining Unforgettable . . . with Love, which paid tribute to her beloved father, the legendary and inimitable Nat King Cole.

    Unforgettable sold more than 7 million copies and garnered several honors, including the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year.

    Natalie Cole continued to release many other popular albums, including Snowfall on the Sahara and The Magic of Christmas, an album of holiday standards recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Speaker, truer words were never spoken than when Natalie Cole's family said that ``Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived . . . with dignity, strength and honor.'' Natalie Cole leaves behind a legacy as one of the most celebrated recording artists in history.

    I ask the House to observe a moment of silence in memory of Natalie Cole who will forever remain Unforgettable in the hearts of her legions of fans around the world.


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