Retro Charlotte

Nat King Cole assaulted in Charlotte?

Ad for Record Star Parade, April, 1956
Ad for Record Star Parade, April, 1956 The Charlotte Observer

Have you heard that African-American singer Nat King Cole was assaulted when he came here to do a show? Several people have asked me if it’s true and ... my research shows it didn’t happen. However, Cole was brutally beaten at a 1956 Birmingham, Alabama show which had a direct effect on his scheduled appearance in Charlotte. (It also caused a career hiccup for local radio man Robert D. Raiford.) Click through the slideshow to see how!