Friday, January 01, 2016

Artists Respond to the Death of Natalie Cole

Note: This story has been edited numerous times to add new comments.

It took very little time for music artists to start reacting on social media to the death of Natalie Cole.

Along with being a superb singer, Cole also was a good friend to many in the industry and was both an influence or mentor to even more.

Tony Bennett:
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.
Lenny Kravitz:
As the new year was ushered in, an angelic instrument moved on. Natalie Cole's voice was perfection. And what a lady... You will be missed my dear. Love.
Keith Sweet:
Rest in Peace Natalie Cole! #OneOfTheGreats
Carnie Wilson:
Song for the day: "Everlasting Love" by the one and only Natalie Cole RIP
Randy Jackson:
R I P Natalie Cole one of the greatest sweetest most talented people I have ever met.thank u for all u gave us
MC Hammer:
Prayers for #NatalieColes family. She saw and touched the world through her journey of life and with her beautiful voice. #Inseparable
Diane Warren:
Oh no not Natalie Cole!!!!! Fuck. RIP. 65 years old WTF
Paul Williams:
Dionne Farris:
I see the influence of Natalie Cole all over me.
Mary Wilson:
R.I.P. to my friend Natalie Cole. Touch
Gloria Gaynor:
I am beyond saddened by the news of Natalie Cole. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to her family and friends. I pray that precious memories of her, filled with joy and laughter soon overshadow the pain of their loss. ‪#‎GG‬
Neil Sedaka:
What a terrible loss to the music world! I had the pleasure of knowing Natalie Cole for many years. She graciously performed at my 50th Anniversary tribute in Lincoln Center back in 2007. Her records were impeccable. She was the great combination of Blues, Jazz and the Great American Songbook. She will always be remembered as a supreme professional and perfectionist at her craft. Thankfully, we still have those wonderful recordings that will keep her legacy alive. Truly “Unforgettable”. My sympathies and condolences to her family.
Sad news...our condolences to the famliy and all who loved her.
Sheila E:
My dear friend has passed away. Heaven is rejoicing. "Unforgettable, that's what you are " Ms Natalie Cole
Philip Bailey:
Natalie Cole,

Rest in Peace Sweet Darling.

I am thankful to have Laughed, Talked, and Sang with her on several occasions.
She was one Dear Sister.

And very Real, authentic.

I Love and will Miss her.
William "Bootsy" Collins:
Happy New Year's to all our Funkateers! A bit of sad news on this Happy day, Ms. Natalie Cole goes home to sing with her Father. Send out yr prayer's & love vibes to her family & friends, she was the best. Thank u miss Cole for leaving some things we can hold on too. R.I.P. Job well done under the circumstances, we love u.
Reba McEntire:
What a talented lady. RIP Natalie. I loved singing with her. A memory I'll always cherish.
Will Downing:
Very sad to hear the news about Natalie Cole. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for over 20 years. I’ve also had the pleasure of Interpreting a few songs originally done by her. A big thrill for me was hearing her tell me she enjoyed my version of “Inseparable” and more recently I covered “LaCosta” so long before we were friends I was a fan. This musical Icon from Musical Royalty will be missed. Her contribution to the industry will always be remembered. May she Rest In Peace-Will Downing

Jordin Sparks:
I am so sad to hear about Natalie Cole's passing. I feel she has always been apart of my life in many ways. Before the craziness & now. Her father, Nat King Cole, is my favorite artist of all time. 'Smile' is a song I sing to myself whenever things get overwhelming. I sang 'This Will Be' on the American Idol tour w/ @mdoolittle, my favorite part of that show. A few years later, I had the honor of actually singing it with her on stage. I don't remember what I sounded like, I was too much in awe of her. But, I sure remember her standing next to me, voice so pure & clear as a bell. I will never ever forget that moment. She was always so kind & exuded so much grace. Rest in everlasting love. I'm sure the heavens are absolutely loving you and your dad rejoicing together. 'Unforgettable in every way....' That you are, Natalie, that you are.
#RipNatalieCole I REALLY loved her. She was ALWAYS so kind and fun and encouraging. I cant believe shes gone.
Ruben Studdard:
Thank you for all the wisdom, love and friendship you gave me.. Rest well my Friend
Arsenio Hall:
In college, I named my bass guitar Natalie! As a young stand up comic I opened for Natalie Cole. She was all that, in all ways!
[ RIP ]