Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson Dies At 81

Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson Dies At 81

Nancy Wilson famously referred to herself as a "song stylist", as she refused to be pigeonholed into one specific music category.

The singer passed away at her home in Pioneertown, a small California community north of Palm Springs, after a long illness, according to manager Devra Hall.

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to "Little Green Apples" and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts. Her first album "Like in Love" came out in 1959.

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Outside of the music intelligentsia, Wilson may be remembered by millions of TV viewers who recall her 1974-75 NBC variety series, "The Nancy Wilson Show, ".

She launched a career as an R&B singer with the 1961 single "Guess Who I Saw Today". Very Person. It won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

She retired in 2011 after performing her last concert in Athens, Ohio, saying, "I'm not going to be doing it anymore, and what better place to end it than where I started - in Ohio".

Grammy award-winning singer, Nancy Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz and funk, is dead, NAN reports. I take a lyric and make it mine.

She also won a Grammy in 2005 and in 2007.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Nancy Wilson for comment. "I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric".

Wilson was married to jazz drummer Kenny Dennis from 1960 until 1970, during which they had one son, Kacy. A family statement said no funeral service would be held, in accordance with her wishes.

She leaves behind three children and five grandchildren.

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