TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: February 15, 1965, Nat King Cole dies of cancer
Celebrated pianist, singer and television host Nat King Cole dies from lung cancer at 45-years-old. Cole, who first rose to stardom as a jazz pianist, churned out numerous hits, including “Nature Boy," “Mona Lisa," and “Unforgettable.”
Since his death, Cole’s music has endured. His rendition of “The Christmas Song" has become a holiday classic and many of his other signature songs are frequently selected for film and television soundtracks.