Song of the Day, December 10: This Will Be by Natalie Cole

natalie-cole-this-will-be-1975Today’s song launched an impressive second-generation chart career. Natalie Cole was born in 1950 to pop and jazz legend Nat King Cole and singer Maria Hawkins Ellington. Not surprisingly, her home was filled with music, and she was bitten by the entertaining bug at an early age. She sang on one of her father’s albums at the age of six and began performing five years later. As she entered her 20s, she developed a reputation for her fondness for danceable R&B, a format that fit well in the early days of disco. Her debut album, 1975’s Inseparable, landed her two Grammy awards and established her as a star in her own right.

The lead single that sealed the deal was This Will Be, an infectious dance track. Cole’s vocal are amazing, showing off her range and control as she blasts through two-and-a-half minutes of pure musical joy.

I picked this song for today because it’s a perfect fit for my husband Michael’s birthday. Not only is it appropriately subtitled An Everlasting Love, it’s a song we both enjoy immensely. I can’t hear it without thinking of him and smiling. Happy birthday!

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

BONUS: Michael and I also love watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. One magnificent “Lip Sync For Your Life” featured Dida Ritz absolutley slaying the song with Natalie Cole as a guest judge.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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