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A Look Back at Natalie Cole's Final Album, 'Natalie Cole En Español'

January 2, 2016

Back in 1958, Nat King Cole recorded Cole Español, the first of what would be three hugely successful albums in Spanish. Recorded between Havana and Los Angeles, the album -- which included Cole’s versions of Latin standards, with arrangements by Nelson Riddle -- was extraordinarily visionary for its time.

In 2013, 55 years later, Natalie Cole followed her father’s footsteps, releasing Natalie Cole En Español.
 
It was Cole’s first studio album since her kidney transplant in 2009, and it would be her last.
 
"This is not a tribute to my father as much as it is a tribute to Latin music because of my father," Cole told Billboard in an interview before the album’s release. "Hearing my dad sing in Spanish was a revelation," she added at the time, recalling watching him perform as a child on her first trip to Mexico.
 
Cole told Billboard she had first started toying with the idea of a Spanish album a decade earlier, and actually pitched it to Capitol Records, but "the timing wasn't right."  She later brought it up with David Foster, who had produced her Unforgettable album. After Foster became chairman of Verve Music Group in 2011, he signed Cole, and in 2012, she started working with producer Rudy Perez in Miami.
 
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