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This profile was last updated on 9/7/07  and contains information from public web pages.

Edward James Coles

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True Light Baptist Church

Employment History

  • Head
    True Light Baptist Church
  • Assistant Minister
    Beulah Baptist church
  • Driver
    Hobbie Grocery Company
  • Pastor


  • BA
7 Total References
Web References
Sentimental Reasons:The Story of Nat "King" Cole with John Pizzarelli, 7 Sept 2007 [cached]
There, his father Edward James Coles became Reverend Coles and head of the True Light Baptist Church.
The Coles children learned to play piano from their mother, and were recruited to sing or play at their father's church. But, just around the corner, they could hear the tantalizing sound of jazz bands wailing away in clubs along 35th and State Street on Chicago's Southside. It wasn't long before Nat and his older brother Eddie were sneaking out of their bedroom window at night.
KINK FM 102 | Artist Info | Biographies | Nat King Cole, 27 Sept 1999 [cached]
Cole's father, Edward Coles, was a baptist minister who moved the family to Chicago in the 1920's and became pastor of the True Light Baptist Church.
The Coles children took turns playing the organ at the church services.Cole and his three brothers and two sisters all showed musical talent, which their parents encouraged.Until the age of twelve Cole played by ear, but then his mother, Perlina, arranged for him to take formal lessons and learn pieces by Bach and other classical composers.His mother thoguht Cole would become a classical pianist.
Cole grew up in Chicago surrounded by the exciting jazz sounds of the 1920's and 1930's.His most important early influence was the jazz pianist Earl Fatha Hines.While still in high school, Cole formed his own twelve-piece band and also gave up the idea of becoming a classical pianist.He was about sixteen at the time, and although his father be not too pleased, his mother made the group uniform Cossack shirts so they could look more professional.
Nat King Cole was the group's pianist, and they played at school and club dances for whatever payment they could get.Payment was usually in the form of only hot dogs and hamburgers.Occasionally Cole's group played at the Savoy for real money.As this group became better known, Cole's brother Eddie, who had been playing with an orchestra, came home and formed a sextet with Cole and four others.They began to play professionally.
It is said to be Lewis who gave Nat Coles the nickname King and persuaded him to drop the s from him name.
His parents were Edward James ..., 14 Nov 2008 [cached]
His parents were Edward James Coles, a minister at Beulah Baptist church, and Perlina Adams Coles, who sang in the choir.
Nat King Cole 99 Article, 2 July 2001 [cached]
His father, Edward Coles, was a driver for the Hobbie Grocery Company, which once was on Commerce Street.Coles was also an assistant minister at Beulah Baptist Church, which used to be on Union Street where the Interstate 85 access road now intersects Union.
Welcome to Adobe GoLive 5, 21 July 2006 [cached]
Pastor Edward Coles, BA
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