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Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:31

Faith Evans on Her 'Musical Movie' About Life With the Notorious B.I.G.

Written by  Elias Leight

At the 1992 Grammy Awards, Natalie Cole took the stage at Radio City Music Hall to perform "Unforgettable," a tune popularized by her father, Nat "King" Cole. As a swanky band played behind her, the singer traded couplets from the standard with her long-deceased father, seen in black-and-white footage on a large video screen.

The performance awed the Grammy committee – Cole won multiple awards, including Record of the Year and best Traditional Pop Performance. More recently, it also impressed the R&B singer Faith Evans: She cites the Cole segment as part of the inspiration behind The King & I, her new LP of duet-like recordings with her first husband, the Notorious B.I.G., who was shot and killed in 1997.

In the decades since Cole's appearance, these sorts of posthumous collaborations have become increasingly popular. In 1999, Kenny G duetted with a long-deceased Louis Armstrong on ''What a Wonderful World." In the fall of 2014, Timbaland and other star producers reimagined Michael Jackson’s work for Xscape, and Barry Manilow sang opposite Marilyn Monroe and Whitney Houston on My Dream Duets. The next year, Kendrick Lamar inserted himself into conversation with Tupac on To Pimp a Butterfly, and Elvis Presley was placed in a symphonic context on If I Can Dream.

Read more at RollingStone

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