The American jazz singer Nancy Wilson, Grammy winner, has died this Thursday night at 81 years of age, as reported by his agent and publicist, Devra Hall Levy. The artist, who had retired from the stage in 2011, has died at her home in Pioneertown (California) after a long illness.
Wilson, influenced by figures such as Dinah Washington or Nathaniel Adams Coles, published eight albums that reached the top 20 in the Billboard hits, a great list of popularity of the 100 singles most sold in U.S. Among his best-known songs are his version of Guess Who I Saw Today (1960) or (You Do not Know) How Glad I Am (1964).
Born in Chillicothe (Ohio), Wilson was the oldest of six children. As a child she sang in the choir of the church, and already when she was in high school she won a talent contest sponsored by a local television. After briefly attending Central State College, she toured Ohio with the Carolyn Club Big Band of Rusty Bryant - saxophonist and jazz singer - and met other artists, such as Julian Edwin Adderley, who encouraged her to move to New York.
In Manhattan he soon got a regular performance at The Blue Morocco, one of the most prestigious clubs in the city. He married twice: first with drummer Kenny Dennis, who he divorced in 1970; and then with Wiley Burton, who died in 2008.
His first album, Like in Love!, went on sale in 1959 and had a great commercial success. Wilson continued recording regularly and playing throughout the world in the decades that followed. He stopped spinning after a concert at the University of Ohio in September 2011. "After 55 years of professional work, I think I have the right to ask how long I'm trying to retire, people," he said with a laugh before leaving. ovation scenario.
Wilson's albums included, for example, collaborations with Julian Edwin Adderley, known as Cannonball Adderley. With How Glad I Am He won the Grammy in 1965 for the best musical performance. Later, in 2005, he won another Grammy for the best jazz vocal album with the intimate RSVP (Rare Songs, Very Personal), and in 2007 he also achieved it with Turned to Blue.