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Nancy Wilson

Diva Nancy Wilson was among contemporary music's most stylish and sultry vocalists; while often crossing over into the pop and R&B markets -- and even hosting her own television variety program -- she remained best known as a jazz performer, renowned for her work alongside figures including Cannonball Adderley and George Shearing. Born February 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, OH, Wilson first attracted notice performing the club circuit in nearby Columbus; she quickly earned a growing reputation among jazz players and fans, and she was recording regularly by the late '50s, eventually signing to Capitol and issuing LPs including 1959's Like in Love and Nancy Wilson with Billy May's Orchestra. Her dates with Shearing, including 1960's The Swingin's Mutual, solidified her standing as a talent on the rise, and her subsequent work with Adderley -- arguably her finest recordings -- further cemented her growing fame and reputation.

In the years to follow, however, Wilson often moved away from jazz, much to the chagrin of purists; she made numerous albums, many of them properly categorized as pop and R&B outings, and toured extensively, appearing with everyone from Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan to Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker. She even hosted her own Emmy-winning variety series for NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show, and was a frequent guest performer on other programs; hits of the period included "Tell Me the Truth," "How Glad I Am," "Peace of Mind," and "Now, I'm a Woman." Regardless of how far afield she traveled, Wilson always maintained her connections to the jazz world, and in the 1980s, she returned to the music with a vengeance, working closely with performers including Hank Jones, Art Farmer, Ramsey Lewis, and Benny Golson. By the 1990s, she was a favorite among the "new adult contemporary" market, her style ideally suited to the format's penchant for lush, romantic ballads; she also hosted the Jazz Profiles series on National Public Radio.

In the early 2000s, Wilson recorded two albums with Ramsey Lewis for Narada (2002's Meant to Be and 2003's Simple Pleasures). Her 2004 album R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) was a blend of straight-ahead jazz and ballads, similar to her next record, 2006's Turned to Blue, which, like R.S.V.P., used a different instrumentalist for each track. In 2005, Capitol released a three-part series to pay tribute to Wilson's contributions to music in the '50s and '60s: Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs of Lost Love, Save Your Love for Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great Blues Ballads, and The Great American Songbook. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: The Essence Of Nancy Wilson: Four Decades Of Music

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Love this woman- Pure Class!
To Frank C. Gardner Jr. NEW YORK CITY, was to Hot for u. Your on MOTHER said u where a bad seed. Now your back in Pittsburgh, Pa broke. BE WELL.
While I was at Ohio State in the mid 60s, I first heard her on the radio in Columbus. Loved her since.
Wow love to hear her .sing./god be with you.
Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Sissta
No-One can-do like-you
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
one of the greatest black female JAZZ singers in the world, I've seen her twice in my lifetime, she's up there in age now. My problem is, she never got radio time or the recogntion she deserves, I guess she'll have to pass before she gets all her FLOWERS.
ub00372
One of my favorite.. She is truly a TREASURE
I'm 68 years old, but I have loved her voice since first I heard her many years ago...Wonder f u l voice...
Yolanda Adams....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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............ . . . . . . . . . . . LORD JESUS. ..

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Lord I know it all for my good just can't stay here anymore life feels like I'm on a stand STILL and I'm dying slowly but feel bad for just walking away. Heart is super heavy right now
With this song I can fell the spirit
most of us grew up loving her music
Love Nancy Wilson.
teterborod
I still love your music!!
1386384097
she is great...caug h t my attention in the first sound
adrianlb9
This lady is the most gorgeous in the world! Happy birthday Ms. Diva!!!
Had the distinct pleasure of seeing her in DC at Blues Alley a bit ago. She was mesmerizing! Thank you for your greatness and legendary voice Ms. Nancy. My parents introduced me to you in 1959. Love you!
maxineallen0 1
She's my mentor classy @ it's best..Love u Nancy:)
Fancy Nancy, most eloquent and enchanting lady
Wow, great vocals
ellen5231
That's why we call her 'Fancy Miss Nancy'. Pure class. There's no better stylist out there. She and Dinah are my favorites -- among a long list of favorites.
Nancy Wilson & Redd Fox were the first show I legally saw (smile) as a 21 year old at the Southern Land hotel in Chicago, soo many years ago. I fell in love with her music then and she has made sure that that love has endured. I don't know how she does it but she gets better and better each time I hear her. Love you Nancy and so does my wife. Keeping going...
Nancy's all class, with her sweet beautiful singing..... . . . . . N ' C o o l ' s Jazz Radio
Love Nancy Wilson, love love love. Grew up with her music in my home.
John Lucien also did a nice version of Dindi.
Pure class. I love her
IF HE WALKED INTO MY LIFE TODAY Damn i am tearing
Don't like her been reffered to in the past TENSE she is still Here. I gently
came out of the closet with her songs. Greatest for me songwise. guide me
trough three marraiges. A real Dive


nancy Wilson is the greatest singer OF ME GENERATION.. . A N D I'M 71 YEARS YOUNG....THE SCHU
magnetic alluring just magic -manatisim10
littlechancl a 1
The song is GINGI
maxineallen0 1
Love, love me some Nancy:)
Song is spelled Dindi.
sorry Antonio Carlos Jobim
Gingi was originally done by Astrud Gilberto with Antonia Carlos Jobin.
littlechancl a 1
Does anyone know if she is the one who sang a song called Gingi ?
NANCY WILSON IS THEGREATEST OF ALL TIME
pvrgoddess
The best bar none!
She's fabulous always have been always will be, been listening to Nancy since I was 12yrs.old I am now 64 you go girl I still love her
This is for adamsad7 Thank you for sharing, you made me smile.
Like Her Song Face It Girl Let's Face It She Is The One
I fell in love with Nancy around 1960 when I was a skinny kid in high school. Almost 70 now and there has been no lady as elegant and joyous to hear as her. She is absolute perfection in every way! Still in love.
jpuglin
Pure Class.
Saw her here in Chicago a couple of years ago with Ramsey Lewis. Outstanding
Got to see her before she retired...Ja z z Alley Seattle!!!
Still here but has now retired
from touring.
she is still here
I just want to know if Mrs Willson is still with us?
lorysanclark
Ms. Wilson is one of the Most Elegant performers I've ever heard. She gives new meaning to Staying Power. Always the Lady!!!!! Beautiful
Underrated for sure! No one above Mz. Wilson!!! A true class act....I have seen her live a few times, and she remains the queen !
greenebar06
listening to Nancy is so smooth and I really like listening to her with my Courvoisier cognac and Nancy 's singing
itsn't SHE JUST LOVELY WOW!!!! AND AGED SO BEAUTIFULLY should get more reconigtion
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