New Queen Cole

With a sense of heartwarming personal triumph and vindication, I read of Natalie Cole's long-overdue realization that pop, rock and R&B; are musical offal and that true merit lies in jazz and the great old standards ("Q&A; With Natalie Cole," Aug. 18).

I have doggedly taken this lonely stance for many years. What took her so long? Her beloved father can finally cease rapidly rotating in his grave!

DR. MARVIN H. LEAF

Santa Monica

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