We'd like to Welcome the
incomparable and elegant Grammy-winning Vocalist and consummate Pianist
Mr. Freddy Cole!...of his multi-acclaimed Solo CD's...to name a few from...
"Rio de Janeiro Blue," to
"Le Grand Freddy," to
"In the Name of Love," to his
"This Love of Mine,"
"Because Of You,"
"Music Maestro Please,"
"Love Makes The Changes"...
and his latest "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B" celebrated CD.
Freddy Cole, the romantic Jazz Vocalist shimmers and shines with the utmost of legendary recordings in his Career...
including his Special Guest Appearance on the track, "I'm Not Alone (Anjo De Mim)"
from the "A Love Affair:
The Music Of Ivan Lins" CD on
Telarc Records, Produced brilliantly by Keyboardist extraordinaire
In this OL Interview,
we would introduce that Mr. Cole,
coming from the musical dynasty,
that of his Brother Legend Nat "King" Cole, and Uncle of the dynamic Singer
Natalie Cole, would also be a wonderful highlight during this Interview,
but make no mistake about it,
as Mr. Freddy Cole performs in his song,
"I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me"
... And respectfully, we couldn't agree more. With that said....we'd like to welcome
Mr. Cole to OL.... and thank you, Mr. Cole, for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
for the entire week of November 28, 2010 &
a bonus week of Dec. 5th as well. It's truly terrific having You here for all of our
OL Viewers... thank you and welcome... You've just celebrated a birthday last month.
Yeah, how about that! I made one more...
& thank you for having me.
Thank You, Mr. Cole.
We finally got You here onboard OL,
as we know You've just returned from an onboard Jazz Cruise Tour in Florida.
So we'd like to thank You for taking the time out for our OL Visitors, for what has been well worth the wait.
Okay, let's get started... Mr. Cole,
let's go back to your musical beginnings & your hometown...
You were born Lionel Frederick Cole,
to Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole.
the youngest sibling of musicians
in your Family?
Yes, that's right.
Freddy, with music all around You,
growing up in Chicago,
You couldn't help but be influenced.
You started playing the piano at age 5?
Yes, somewhere in there,
around 5 or 6 years old. I started banging around you know, as kids would do.
But that was just about the age, yeah.
We ask this question, as some Artists would like to recall & share... Do You remember the first song that You played on the piano?
I can't hardly remember my name, now...
[Mr. Cole laughing]... No, I remember the first... if You want to call it a major solo or something that I did. When I was going from Elementary School to Junior High School,
I sang 'The Lord's Prayer'. That was my first endeavor at performing. The first job that
I got paid for, I made $25,
and I thought I was rich!
Wonderful... Not only did You come from a musical Family dynasty, but also throughout your youth, the Cole Family home had its share of distinguished visitors, such as...
Duke Ellington, Count Basie,
Fletcher Henderson and many other
Well, that was the 'Who's Who' of
Show Business... but to me, at my age,
at that time, I wasn't in awe of any of them you know, they were good friends of my Brother's. They would be in Chicago,
doing a Gig or something. They'd come by the house and get a meal, or come by and they would be hanging out, you know, with my Brothers and what have you...
So what You're saying,
is that they were just part of the Family?
Yes, as far as I'm concerned. And when I got older and would start traveling within
New York, I'd credit these individuals,
you know, like Sonny Greer, Milt Hinton... people of that stature, they kept me on the straightened path you know... in line as you would say, in New York.
That City can overwhelm you.
Yes, for sure. But your great Artist friends took You under their wings, so-to-speak?
A lot of people come there with great talent and great aspirations and had to leave.
Respectfully Mr. Cole, You definitely were no less than the great Artists and talent that You were surrounded by. New York loves a great talent like yours to this day.
With music as a way of life for You...
tell us Freddy, about your love for Football and how this almost became your profession, later on in your youth?
Well, you know, I had aspirations.
I use to play a lot of Football in High School and all like that. In fact, I was an All-State Football Player and I was in line to receive several Scholarships to play ball,
but I got hurt and so that was the end of that. But I still love the game...
I really love the game of Football.
You told us that You were just watching the Monday Night Football recently.
Did your team win? Who's your team?
Oh yeah, I watched Michael Vick,
they took care of the Redskins last night. That was amazing!
Tell us about the influence that your Parents had on You, Freddy,
as it relates to your music Career, now?
Well, you know that's an easy question to answer. My Parents supported all of us, because you know, all of us are Musicians. My Father used to say that 'Every tub has it's own bottom... You sit on yours and let your Brothers sit on theirs' ... You do what you gotta do. So that's been my way of living throughout, so far...
Well said... During this week, we here at OL, look forward to covering many highlights of the great longevity and many accolades of your Career, Freddy... tell us about the influence that Jazz Singer
Legend Mr. Billy Eckstine had on You
as an Artist?
Well, first of all, Mr. B. was a
wonderful person and a great
Entertainer you know, he was a hell of an Entertainer... and he was actually our first Balladeer. He broke through and he had a style that was very different and he was a very fine Musician.
There's so many accolades that you can put on him, but like a song he used to sing, called..."If I never sing another song...
or take another bow...I've had my fame,
you know my name..."
And that's just what Billy Eckstine was...
"I Am A Singer"
...that was the name of the song...
That's a wonderful tribute Mr. Cole.
Your latest CD "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B"
is truly a heartfelt musical gem.
Tell us about the beautiful and quiet opening acoustic-styled track,
"Tender is the Night" on the
"Freddy Sings Mr. B" CD?
Well, you know, once you do a record date, you've got a lot of things to worry about. Sequencing of them is very difficult,
and we all just took our shot at doing it....
and that song ended up being the one that opens the CD.
It's beautiful! We just love the way it opens with that very soft acoustic sound that
You're so synonymous with.
Yeah, the Musicians on that CD...
including Randy, Curtis,
Houston, di Martino &
Elias... We just had fun.
We finished the CD one session ahead
of time, because we didn't need as
much time as they booked.
We went in and took care of business;
we were prepared when we went in.
How long were You working on this CD, "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B?"
We did that in two days.
But like I said, we were preparing
while we were on the road.
Arranger and Guitarist
and I were sitting up half the night,
you know, most nights after we
got off from work,
we were in Japan,
we working on a lot of those songs.
So when we got to the record date,
we just passed the stuff out
and everything was good.
We wish You all the best with this CD,
Mr. Cole. We want to see You take home many Grammy's.
I hope so.
What would be your favorite song on this
Billy Eckstine tribute CD?
Would that be a fair question to ask?
That's a fair question to ask, but at different times, different ones have been my favorite. He did so many wonderful songs,
and that was the real fun about
doing this album.
We had a chance to look at so many great songs, the material was there.
But I'm kind of torn between this one tune, called "Portrait" and "Pretty One."
But the "Cottage For Sale," you can't take a back seat to it. So it would be very difficult for me to pick just one and stay with it.
Yes, but You highlighted some of your favorites and that's great. It's always good to know what goes on in Artist's mind, in terms of what they would like to perform.
Yeah... the one that we're getting the
most reaction from is "Jelly Jelly."
Thank you very much Mr. Cole,
for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this
OL Interview 1 of 7 segment?
Everybody's gotta have a touch of the Blues!
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we get to talk about Grammy Vocalist Legend Freddy Cole coming to the Big Apple, playing at the Birdland & more...!
Thank you Mr. Cole.
We'll see you tomorrow!
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!