With just under two months left in the year 2016, music fans can look back at this year and notice the many music stars stars we lost this year. Some of the names on that list include: Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, David Bowie, and of course Prince. However, before all of them had their deaths announced, we also heard that Natalie Cole had died, with the news made public on New Year’s Day. One of my favorite love songs of all time was sung by Natalie Cole, and it is today’s #RomanticTuesday song. Today’s track is “Inseperable.”
Earlier this year, I posted a tribute to Natalie Cole after her passing. In that post, I told a story about how my (now-ex) wife and I went through the process of picking love songs for a mix CD prior to our wedding. The short story is that we went through many songs and how I insisted that “Inseperable” had to be on the list. My ex wasn’t familiar with the song, so I played it for her. Once she heard the lyrics, she agreed with me.
To me, “Inseparable” is a lesson in efficiency. It says what it has to say, then gets out of the way. In just under two and a half minutes, Cole expresses how wonderful her love is, and how she and her lover will never part. It’s a sweet song, and Cole sings it very well. I think so fondly of the tune that I tell people the song has hung around much longer than the marriage did.
“Insperable” was the second of three successive #1 singles for Cole on the R&B charts from mid-1975 to early 1976. In fact, those three songs were her first singles in her solo career, and part of a string of eight singles that all made the R&B top ten, with five #1 hits. The album of the same name was so successful that Cole won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1976.
I hope you enjoy “Inseperable” as much as I have over the years, and as always, thanks for listening and reading.
R.I.P. Natalie Cole.