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Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

2018-12-15 16:28
Grammy award-winning singer Nancy Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz and funk, died at her California home at age 81 on Thursday (December 13) after a long illness, her publicist said. Wilson, who came to fame as a torch singer in the 1960s, called herself a "song-stylist" and resisted labelling as a jazz singer for most of her career since she could cross many genres. Wilson's "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" earned her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B recording. She won more Grammys in 2005 and 2007 for jazz, along with a 2004 lifetime achievement award, the Jazz Masters Fellowship, from the National Endowment for the Arts. A music critic once called Wilson the heir apparent to iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, and she was influenced by Nat King Cole and other legendary vocalists. Her first album "Like in Love" came out in 1959 to commercial success and she frequently topped the Billboard pop charts in the 1960s