Natalie Cole

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The Christmas Song
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Caroling, Caroling
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Jingle Bells
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Grown-Up Christmas List
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Sleigh Ride
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Mary, Did You Know?
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No More Blue Christmas
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The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
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Sweet Little Jesus Boy
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Colored With Love
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Joy To The World
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Christmas Waltz
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Silent Night
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The First Noel
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Merry Christmas Baby
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The Holly And The Ivy
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A Song For Christmas
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Song For Christmas
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Carol Of The Bells
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The Twelve Days Of Christmas
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Winter Wonderland
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Angels From The Realms Of Glory
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Christmas Carols In The Air
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Come, O Come
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For Unto Us A Child Is Born
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Good King Wenceslas
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I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
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In The Bleak Midwinter
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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
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Jingle Bell Rock
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O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
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O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
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Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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Old King Cole Has A Worthy Heir

When your father (Nat King Cole) is responsible for one of the most loved pieces of Christmas music of all time in 'The Christmas Song' you would imagine it would rub off on you. So much so that a 10 year old Natalie is thought to have sung on her father's only Christmas LP 'The Magic of Christmas' although she is uncredited on the liner notes of that 1960 work. 'The Magic of Christmas' would go on to play a big part of her recording career many years later when in 1999 she would release an album of the same name as a tribute to her Dad. She would start her own Christmas musical voyage in 1992, however, with a duet that featured the vocals of her late father that was included on a 1992 compilation of Nat's best known Christmas songs. Given the glut of posthumous Elvis recordings over the years this is nothing new but back in 1992 the duet was seen as the height of technological advancement (with a dollop of creepiness thrown in for good measure). 

 Natalie's Christmas long playing debut 'Holly & Ivy' came out in 1994 in the wake of her return to the top of the charts with her song/album 'Unforgettable'. Featuring a solo version of her father's most revered number this was an old style collection of much loved Christmas perennials such as 'Jingle Bells', 'Silent Night' and 'The Holly & The Ivy'. With lush orchestration and a children's choir augmenting Cole's smokey jazzy vocals the sense of class pervaded throughout. There was even room for an original called 'No More Blue Christmases' which in the hands of such a cultured performer sounded just like another classic we had not heard before.

In 1999 Natalie gave it her all on 'The Magic of Christmas' with the London Symphony Orchestra providing the sumptuous arrangements. In what was surely an ode to her late father this collection included her duet with him as well as taking the name of his only Christmas album for the title (incidentally 'The Christmas Song' did not appear on Nat's own 1960 Christmas album). Natalie did however prove she was her own performer as there were very few song matches between the two albums. What truly marked this album out is the sophistication with which Ms. Cole put into tried and tested festive formulas like 'The 12 Days of Christmas', 'Sleigh Ride' and 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing'. Things culminate with ‘Carol of The Bells’ and proves to be Natalie’s grand gesture for the season. 'The Magic of Christmas' may be easy listening but it is hard to turn it off until every note has been spent.

In 2010 Natalie recorded a duet with Andrea Bocelli for his album 'My Christmas'. The same year she sang at Bocelli's Christmas show to promote 'My Christmas' as well as performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at their annual Christmas extravaganza.

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