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Nat King Cole and Ten Other Musicians Who Sang After Death

Halloween might be over, but with Natalie Cole coming to town, we can't help but think of those singers who have come back from the grave to croon a bit.

Cole had a career resurgence back in 1991 when she released an album of duets with her father, Nat King Cole, titled Unforgettable... With Love. The quality that made that album both a Grammy winner and chart-busting success was that by 1991, Nat King Cole had been dead for 26 years.

Here are ten other dearly departed artists who managed to sing with the living from the afterlife.

John Lennon

The big highlight of the Beatles Anthology television event back in 1995 was two new songs that had contributions from George, Paul, and Ringo based on two unreleased demos of John's, "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love."

Tupac Shakur

So many movies and songs featuring Tupac were released after his death in 1996 that it sometimes seemed he was the world's busiest rapping ghost. His eeriest postdeath appearance was in 2012, when a Tupac hologram came onstage at Coachella to kick it with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

Notorious B.I.G.

Eight years after death was all it took to milk every last one of Biggie's recordings. 2005's Duets: The Final Chapter featured Jay Z, Eminem, Ludacris, and many others all speaking ill with the dead.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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