Five Forgotten Natalie Cole Singles

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Five Forgotten Natalie Cole Singles

The late Natalie Cole, who was born on this date in 1950, had a formidable career on the charts, earning five top-10 pop hits and seventeen top-10 R&B hits, not to mention a number of other tracks that made their way into lower vicinities of the charts. Every once in awhile, however, a song will – for reasons that have been lost to time or perhaps for no reason at all – fall through the cracks and fail to capture an audience. Such was the case with these five tracks from Cole’s catalog, but as you listen to them, you’ll be able to tell that, whatever the reason for their failure to chart may have been, it wasn’t for lack of quality.

1. “Secrets” (1985): Written by Diane Steinberg and Marti Sharron, this was the third single from Cole’s 1985 album DANGEROUS, but despite the album’s first two singles – the title track and “A Little Bit of Heaven” – making it onto both the pop and R&B charts, this track didn’t.

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2. “Everlasting” (1988): The title track from Cole’s 1988 album, a.k.a. the one that featured her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac,” was written by Jerry Knight and Aaron Zigman. Knight, in case you didn’t know, was – along with Ray Parker, Jr. – one of the members of Raydio.

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3. “The Rest of the Night” (1989): Since it’s just easier to identify Cole’s albums by their biggest hits, this was the one that featured “Miss You Like Crazy.” This track was composed by Glen Ballard and Randy Goodrum, and it was actually a minor hit in the UK, but it never managed to chart in the States.

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4. “When I Fall in Love” (1996): Having set the world on fire with her cover of “Unforgettable” that found her duetting with her dad, Nat King Cole, Natalie reteamed with her pops again for this classic number by Edward Heyman and Victor Young. Alas, it failed to match the success of her last collaboration with Nat.

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5. “Livin’ for Love” (2000): Released as a single from her 2000 greatest-hits album, this track was composed by Denise Rich, Garianno Lorenzo, and Cole herself. While it worked well for fans, who always enjoy a new track as incentive to pick up a best-of collection, it just didn’t take off on its own.

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