Grammy-winning singer Nancy Wilson dies at 81

Ruben Ruiz
December 15, 2018

A powerful jazz vocalist has sung her last song.

She died in California after a long illness, her manager Devra Hall Levy told U.S. news outlets.

In the 1960s, she recorded eight albums that graced the Billboard Pop chart. Her first album "Like in Love" came out in 1959.

"Wilson's biggest hit was "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" in 1964.

Meanwhile, Cosby, 81, is serving a three- to 10-year state prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. It was during these early tours that she met jazz artists including Cannonball Adderley, with whom she'd later collaborate on the 1961 disc, Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley.

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson (with microphone) and Oscar Peterson Quartet pianist Monty Alexander perform at the "Oscar Peterson - Simply the Best" memorial concert at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto on Jan 12, 2008.

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Notable quote: "I do not do runs and-you know. I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric", she said in a 2010 interview with The San Francisco Chronicle. One of her most famous singles - her rendition of "Guess Who I Saw Today" - featured on her 1960 album, "Something Wonderful". I take a lyric and make it mine.

Nancy Wilson (1937 - 2018) was a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer who sang many styles of music but is most closely associated with jazz.

Wilson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - and can also be found on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, honoring her participation in the integration marches of the 1960s.

"To lose Aretha Franklin and Nancy Wilson in the same year is such a massive loss of American Musical Groundbreakers". Instead, her family will hold a celebration of her life, most likely in February, the month of her birth.

She is survived by her daughters Samantha Burton and Cheryl Burton, son Kacy Dennis and her five grandchildren.

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