Singer Nancy Wilson, “Sweet Nancy,” died at her home in California


Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards. Labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”, she preferred tthe title “song stylist.” Unsure of her future as an entertainer, she entered college to pursue teaching but soon followed her real passion. Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Between March 1964 and June 1965, four of Wilson’s albums hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top LPs chart. In 1963 “Tell Me The Truth” became her first truly major hit. She was also notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am.”


In the late 1990s, she teamed up with MCG Jazz, a youth-education program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, nonprofit, minority-directed, arts and learning organization located in Pittsburgh. In 1964, Wilson won her first Grammy Award. After years, later, Wilson’s second and third album with MCG Jazz, R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal (2005), and Turned to Blue (2007), both won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In September 2005, Wilson was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. She died at her home in Pioneertown, California, after a long illness, aged 81.


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