Freddy Cole was nearing his 60th birthday by the time he finally stepped forward and firmly declared his musical independence. And when he did, it was with a wink.
Freddy Cole was an all-state athlete in high school with dreams of playing professional football, but a hand injury derailed that path
After his brother’s death in 1965, Freddy Cole resisted calls from promoters seeking to bill him as a tribute act, and kept a relatively low profile. For a time in the 1980s, he was playing six nights a week at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta.
Freddy Cole died on Saturday at his home in Atlanta at the age of 88. With his charming, easeful baritone and a crisp, efficient touch at the piano, Cole carved out a professional career of more than 65 years.