Jazz legend Nancy Wilson dead at 81

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Nancy Sue Wilson won a number of Grammys. /Courtesy Photo
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Nancy Sue Wilson, a Grammy-winning singer who performed everything from jazz ballads to pop songs during a career spanning decades, has died at the age of 81.

She died on Thursday in California after a long illness, her manager Devra Hall Levy told US news outlets.

The vocalist from Chillicothe, Ohio, initially focused on R&B music but later excelled at jazz ballads and torch songs.

She made her debut with her 1961’s single, “Guess Who I Saw Today.”

Wilson’s biggest hit came in 1964 with “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” which rose through the charts to the #11 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles and earned her a Grammy Award for best R&B recording.

In the 1990s, Wilson became the host of National Public Radio’s “Jazz Profiles,” a documentary series featuring jazz legends and the music legacy.

After a musical and acting career spanning more than six decades, she retired from live performances in 2011.

Wilson is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

As per Wilson’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Instead, her family will hold a celebration of her life, most likely in February, the month of her birth.

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