The Cole Family
My name is Edward Cole and I come from a family who made and continues to make an indelible mark in the music industry. My birth last name is actually Coles. I dropped the “s” just like my dad and my famous uncle did when he was dubbed Nat “King” Cole near the beginning of his career. His legal name was Nathaniel Adams Coles and he was one of four brothers. Edward the oldest and the third brother, Isaac have both passed and were both accomplished musicians and singers. The youngest brother, Freddy Cole is still performing and recording. They also had a sister, Evelyn. We used to call her aunt Bay, and boy could she cook!
Of course, Natalie Cole is Nat “King” Cole’s daughter and I am Ike Cole’s son. I hooked up with Natalie in 1980 and was her musical director for 11 years.
I am going to stop here because, to be perfectly honest, the only reason I am posting this is in the hopes that Mr. Gates would see this and contact Natalie Cole (I can help with that if
needed) or myself and do a story on the Cole family tree.