The mild mannered and handsome crooner, Nat King Cole, broke down so many barriers with his determination and velvety voice during his illustrious career. He suffer for it too and was once even the target of a racially motivated kidnapping attempt.
He brought so many songs to life and among my favorites are his renditions of Christmas classics. The Christmas Song and Adeste Fideles are particular stand outs worth a listen this holiday. Many of his best can be found in various albums and compilations.
While I always associate him with the holidays, he is an inspiration any time of the year.