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Kimberley Cullins

Kimberley Cullins

29.01.2011

Meet Freddy Cole

Published in Artist Biographies
Lionel Frederick Cole was born October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike, and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior), were all musicians. "I started playing music 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.

After a possible career with the NFL was shelved due to a hand injury, he began playing and singin …