These Nat King Cole Quotes Are Truly 'Unforgettable'

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Truly unforgettable.

You'll Have the Biggest 'Smile' When You Read 20 Nat King Cole Quotes

As I put together a wedding music playlist I notice how many Nat King Cole songs are included.

He was such a talented musician that it only seems appropriate to put together some of his most iconic quotes. Besides his talent, he was the first African American man to host a television show in the United States, a huge undertaking amidst a racially intolerant culture. We're lucky we still get to experience his fabulous music and now, his words. He joins the ranks of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as a beloved vocalist but his jazz talent marks him as one of the greatest musicians of all time. Enjoy some Nat King Cole quotes and fire up your Spotify once you do.

Nat King Cole Quotes

  • "I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist."

  • "Only time, education and plenty of good schooling will make anti-segregation work."

  • "I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories."

  • "I'm not playing for other musicians. We're trying to reach the guy who works all day and wants to spend a buck at night. We'll keep him happy."

  • "The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it."

  • "I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music."

  • "There's just one thing I can't figure out. My income tax!"

The Best Nat King Cole Quotes

  • "People don't slip. Time catches up with them."

  • "I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen."

  • "I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it."

  • "Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free."

  • "If I could read it, I could play it."

  • "You've got to change with the public's taste."

  • "I'm a businessman. I work for business people. The kind of thing they say is: Now we've sold a lot of records, let's sell some more."

  • "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."

Quotes from Nat King Cole

  • "If you smile through your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see the sun come shining through for you."

  • "Unforgettable in every way, and forever more, that's how you'll stay."

  • "Smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see that life is still worth while if you just smile."

  • "Music is emotional, and you may catch a musician in a very unemotional mood or you may not be in the same frame of mind as the musician. So a critic will often say a musician is slipping."

  • "I got the message. All of us get the message, sooner or later. If you get it before it's too late or before you're too old, you'll pull through all right."

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