By Billy Gee
Like millions of others, I was shocked to learn of the demise of vocalist par excellence, Natalie Cole. She was close to the heart of many Baby Boomers, like myself, who not only thrilled at the sound of her mellifluous voice, but who also associate her with her legendary father Nat “King” Cole. I had the privilege of meeting her when she spoke at the commencement exercise for the Berkley College of Music when I graduated in 1995. She shook my hand and smiled as she congratulated me. Her smile was the kind that could melt your heart from across the street. The experience was truly “unforgettable.” (Pun intended.)
Even if you never had the occasion to meet her in person, chances are that you felt that she was someone that you knew personally. Each fabulous note she sang would find its way to your heart–to the depth of your being, as was the case with her inimitable dad.
Natalie may be gone, but rest assured that she will never be forgotten; for I know she will live on in the hearts of admirers the world over who knew and loved her through her music. Rest in peace, “Sweetie.”