HOLLY COLE is a Canadian jazz singer born on this date. Cole was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her father, Leon Cole, was a noted organist and a well-known radio broadcaster for the CBC Stereo network.
In 1983, Cole traveled to Toronto to seek a musical career. In 1986, she founded a trio with bassist David Pilitch and pianist Aaron Davis. Offered a record deal in 1989, the Holly Cole Trio released an EP, Christmas Blues, that year, which featured a version of The Pretenders’ “2,000 Miles,” which has proven to be very popular. This was followed by their first full album, Girl Talk, in 1990.
A succession of releases followed through the early 1990s. For example, 1991’s Blame It On My Youth, covered songs by Tom Waits (“Purple Avenue,” aka “Empty Pockets”), Lyle Lovett (“God Will”), includes show tunes such as “If I Were a Bell” (from Guys and Dolls) and “On the Street Where You Live” (from My Fair Lady), and even remakes “Trust In Me,” from Disney’s The Jungle Book, into a strikingly sultry and sinister song of seduction and death. Also recorded in this period was a reinterpretation of Elvis Costello’s “Alison.” Girl’s got mad taste.
In 1993, the trio released Don’t Smoke in Bed, an album produced by David Was, which included a hit single cover version of “I Can See Clearly Now”. According to Jeff Bateman and James Hale, The video for the song was put into heavy rotation on MuchMusic and earned a Juno Award nomination for Best Video. The album went platinum in Canada, reached No. 7 on the “Billboard” Contemporary Jazz chart, and won a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, in 1994.
In this era, she also had an acting role in Laurie Lynd’s ‘s short film The Fairy Who Didn’t want to Be a Fairy Anymore.