One of the more polarizing African American singers of the 20th century — a great voice but questionable identity politics.
- Penthouse Serenade (1952) B+
- Unforgettable (1952) B
- Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love (1953) A-
- Cole’s crowning achievement, this syrupy smooth collection of pop songs and romantic serenades is as nostalgic as it gets. The arrangements are almost too much, but Cole’s genuine vocal performance — the best of his career — makes everything work together perfectly.