Born: October 15, 1931
Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole's five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy's senior) were all musicians.
I started playing piano at five or six, Freddy remembers. Music was all around me. In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. He was a fantastic entertainer, Freddy recalls. I learned so much from just watching and being around him. After a possible career with the NFL was shelved due to a hand injury, he began playing and singing in Chicago clubs as a teenager. Although he was ready to hit the road at 18, his mother intervened and he continued his musical education at the Roosevelt Institute in Chicago....
Gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads. --People Magazine
One More Love Song & Right From The HeartAntilla
The Dreamer In MeHighNote Records
Music Maestro PleaseHighNote Records
Because of You: Freddy Cole Sings Tony BennettHighNote Records
This Love of MineHighNote Records
Waiter Ask The Man to Play the BluesVerve Music Group
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