Natalie Cole at The SHOW at Agua Caliente Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage

Natalie Cole ~photo Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Natalie Cole performed at The SHOW at Agua Caliente Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage on Dec. 28th. This was her final performance of the year so she said she was going to throw a lot of different songs to the audience. This tall slender beautiful woman sang a variety of songs that included love songs, ballads, pop rock and Jazz. She had a 6 piece band that played with her and 2 backup singers. She wore a long dress with a diamond waist band. A beautiful setting in this 2,000 seat theatre.

She started her concert with a fan favorite, FEVER. Some guy in the audience hollered I love you Natalie and she responded with I love you too and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. She puts her own spin on a lot of the songs she sings.

She said she had the best childhood growing up with so many great artists like Count Basie and of course Frank Sinatra who she called Uncle Frank. Frank helped her and her father Nat King Cole often and helped her start her singing career.

Cole said there were preludes to many songs back then. One instance everyone thought the prelude to, The Very Thought of You, was about 2 lovers. In reality it was about the love of one brother to another, songwriters, George and Ira Gershwin.

She loves what she does and sang her favorites, love songs,. My favorite was when she sings Unforgettable with her late famous father Nat King Cole who is on a video screen. Other songs were Nice N Easy, Love on My Mind, Smile and This Will Be to name just a few.