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Cole To Miss St. Lucia Jazzfest

May 14, 1999

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) _ Natalie Cole will not appear at the St. Lucia Jazzfest because of damaged vocal cords.

She’ll be replaced by Erykah Badu, the St. Lucia Tourist Board said Wednesday.

Miss Cole, the daughter of the late Nat King Cole, had been warned by doctors to rest her voice for seven to 10 days after a series of performances in Las Vegas.

She was to have led the lineup Saturday at an open-air concert on Pigeon Island in the Caribbean. Kool and the Gang, David Sanborn and Nestor Torres are scheduled to perform.

Ray Charles, Lionel Ritchie, Patti LaBelle and Deborah Cox have also canceled, some because of scheduling conflicts.

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