“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...” - Nat King Cole
Nat, if you're listening, the reason the public bought your music was because you COULD sing. In my opinion, you were the best singer of all time because of the way you made love to a song.
There is a reason most of your music has never been remade by anyone else: No one could top the original. You sang each note with such feeling and skill that to listen to one of your songs is to know the true art of singing.
To the rest of you, Nat King Cole died on this date in 1965. May he rest in peace, as his music lives on forever.