Sunday, June 19, 2016

40 Year Itch : A Hip Slick Sister

Natalie Cole : Sophisticated Lady ( She's a Different Lady)

On June 19, 1976 26-year old Natalie Cole topped the R and B charts for the third consecutive time with the funky single "Sophisticated Lady ( She's a Different Lady)".  Set out to prove she was more than just her father's ( Nat "King" Cole) daughter, Cole would spend a good part of the Summer opening for Bill Cosby at the Las Vegas Hilton in front of a white, middle-aged crowd who might have been put off by the funk. Too bad! Natalie Cole was a self assured performer who was well on her way to winning a second Grammy for this vocal performance.

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