For years one of the clearest most elegant voices ever, was just a piano player in a trio. When star vocalist Billie Holliday didn’t show for a gig, the club convinced NAT KING COLE to fill in. Classy Nat soared to crossover stardom. Became 1st black host of a TV show in ’56. Guess who was the top artist and had the top song in 1944 on the Hot Chart? Yup, Nat King Cole with Straighten Up and Fly Right.