Nat King Cole

Birth Name: Nathaniel Adams Coles

Date of Birth: March 17, 1919

Place of Birth: Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Death: February 15, 1965

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Nat King Cole was an American singer and jazz pianist. He was the son of Perlina (Adams) and The Rev. Edward James Coles, a Baptist pastor. Nat was married to jazz singer Maria Cole, until his death. The couple had five children, including musician Natalie Cole.

Nat’s maternal grandmother was Mattie Adams (the daughter of Robin Adams and Mina). Mattie was born in Alabama.

Sources: Genealogies of Nat King Cole –

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9 Responses

  1. cdonorab says:

    Correction. Found info on his father. Edward James Coles was the son of John Cole and Denise Augustine Cole. Thorough James Nat has English and Irish ancestry and through the Denise he has French Canadian ancestry. Through Denise he also has distant spanish and Portuguese ancestry as well.

    Here’s a tree that details the Coles ancestry:

    Here’s some info on Denise Cole’s family:

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    R.I.P to his daughter Natalie

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    R.I.P to his wife Maria Cole who pass in July 2012

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