Grammy award-winning singer, Wilson is dead

Grammy award-winning singer, Nancy
Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz
and funk, is dead, NAN reports.

She died at her California home at age 81 on
Thursday after a long illness, her publicist
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.
“She was one of those rare vocalists who
could do it all,” longtime publicist Devra Hall
Levy told Reuters.

“Jazz, blues, pop and even funk. She did it
all.Wilson’s “How Glad I Am” earned her a
Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance.
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.
“Nancy gave her all for her fans,” Levy said.
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.

Jazz historian and author Ted Gioia told
Reuters that the jazz world had lost a music
giant whose supple talents brought her songs
emotive heights.
“She was one of those rare vocalists who
could sing any style, cross any genre but still
put her unique imprint on the music. Her
albums were full of gems,” Gioia said.

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