Jazz icon and Legendary 'Song Stylist' Nancy Wilson Dies at 81

An another icon has gone, Nancy Wilson was renowned as a prominent civil rights activist, actress and singer. Wilson passed away peacefully on Thursday, aged 81, after a battling long illness.  She was part of the historic 1965 protests in Selma, Alabama, later  in 2005 was recognized for her work  by being inducted into the International Civil Rights: Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wilson was best known as torch singer and for her stylist polished pop-jazz vocals that  made her a platinum artist and top concert performer.

She did it all': From scoring acting roles in Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, and the 1995 feature The Meteor Man to singing. She also have many years hosting NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” series.

A Grammy award-winning singer, in the 60s alone she released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts.  Her style Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, earn her the nickname “The Girl with the Honey-Coated Voice,” she was best known for songs like "Guess Who I Saw Today" and the 1964 hit "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am." as  her breakthrough.

Design of a Legacy 

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole and other stars, She excelled at performing various genres of music, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to pop, blues, as well R&B, and soul.

* Nancy, retired from touring in 2011 to spend more time with family, She died peacefully at her home in Pioneertown, California.

* Wilson was married twice - to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She is survived by her three children and five grandchildren. 

* She resisted being identified with a single category, especially jazz, and referred to herself as a 'song stylist' 

* The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a Jazz Masters Fellowship in 2004 for lifetime achievement

* She received an NAACP Image Award in 1998 and many more, for more news see her website  Missnancywilson.

* In accordance with Wilson's wishes, there will be no funeral Service. A Family celebration of her life will be held most likely in her birth month, this coming February.

More about her on the web here at Daily mail and here at the Gravevine,  and People 

Wilson remembered Rest in Peace and Power.

Many stars mourns and to pay tribute to the late icon.

— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) December 14, 2018
Chaka Khan added, “My soul mourns the loss of my dear friend Nancy Wilson. She was such a beautiful person & songstress that the world of jazz will forever miss. Her polished vocals & style were unmatched as the #SongStylist. I will miss her dearly as friend & mentor. RIP Nancy.”





With Bill Cosby


In her memory.. There will never ever be another you.



Pictures from: Picsofcelebrities, Jazzwax,  Jazznblues

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