Nancy Wilson
American jazz singer
Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a "consummate actress"; and "the complete entertainer. " The title she prefers, however, is song stylist. She has received many nicknames including "Sweet Nancy", "The Baby", "Fancy Miss Nancy" and "The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice".
Biography
Nancy Wilson's personal information overview.
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Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus the Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pulling and really feeding off of my inspirations, I think most musicians do. But I try to incorporate a lot of that influence in what I do. So Jaco was definitely a huge inspiration back in 1979 when I saw him for the first time. It really did change my life and set me on an interesting creative path. Definitely. MR: When did you first see him perform live? RT: I saw him with Weather Report. I had started hearing about him in the late seventies and then in 1979 they came through town. They were playing at the Santa Monica civic auditorium, that was our local concert venue at the time. The great thing about Santa Monica civic auditorium was it was a place you could ride your bike to. In this case my dad dropped me and my friends off and we'd go see Ronnie James Dio or Jean-Luc Ponty or Weather Report or the Pretenders. There wa ...
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These 'Dynamite Divas' really boom, but story is a bust
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The divas still are dynamite at the Black Ensemble Theater, but they need to be allowed to run the show. Conceived as a tribute to the great female recording artists of soul, Jackie Taylor's "Dynamite Divas" is centered on the hits of Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack,...
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<em>Dear Governor Cuomo</em>: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne
Huffington Post - over 2 years
A Conversation with Natalie Merchant Mike Ragogna: Natalie, what have you been up to lately beyond the new album? Natalie Merchant: I've become extremely active in the fight against hydraulic fracking in New York. Where are you based? MR: Iowa, though I grew up in New York, so this concerns me as well. NM: Well, New York is sitting on the Marcellus Shale, which has huge reserves of natural gas, but the only way to extract them is by exploding the bedrock a mile or two under the surface and pulling the gas up using hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater which will then be contaminated. It's also extremely radioactive down there. We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing. Anyway, I've been involved in that, and I made a film called Dear Governor Cuomo, beca ...
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NW Symphony Orchestra’s Valentine’s Concert will have ‘Latin Passion’
B Town Blog - about 3 years
This Valentine’s Day – Friday, Feb. 14 – Northwest Symphony Orchestra will present its popular Valentine’s Concert, featuring Salsa by Northwest student composer Ian Guthrie, alongside Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky, Carmen Suite #1 by Bizet, Aaron Copland’s El Salon Mexico, and Ravel’s Bolero. All of the pieces have elements that fit this year’s theme, “Latin Passion.” “The Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s annual Valentine’s concert has become a popular concert in the area-judging by our increased audience attendance each season,” said NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain. “Feeling a bit chilled by a northwest winter?- then this Latin Passion concert is sure to make anyone’s temperature rise. The concert includes a Salsa, music from Bizet’s Carmen, and we conclude with Ravel’s famous Bolero.” Ian E. Guthrie began studying the piano at age 7 and began composing at the age of 9. Many of his works have been performed around the Pacific Northwest, some by the composer himself, some by North ...
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Ladies First
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Heart keeps on beating. by Aris Wales I PURCHASED Dreamboat Annie while record shopping with my dad. I had already heard and loved the album, and although I had seen it in bargain bins before, for some reason I decided to buy it with my father present. He was shocked at my excitement. "I never would've imagined you'd like Heart," he gently scoffed. What's not to like? When Heart emerged in the mid-'70s, the Wilson sisters were the first ladies in rock 'n' roll to really stick it to the boys. Yes, Grace Slick and Janis Joplin were influential in showing everyone women could storm the stage, but Ann and Nancy Wilson were the first to truly own the stage. With Nancy's delectable licks and Ann's sultry voice, Heart's musical prowess easily stood up against any crotch-gyrating rock 'n' roll dude. Of course, they did it knowing full well it wasn't gonna be an easy road. "No one took us seriously. Especially Nancy," says Ann. "There was ...
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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson: 'Who Am I to Judge?'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Pope Francis asked a stunning question: "Who am I to judge?" This was in response to inquiries about whether or not there are gay priests in the Vatican -- the now-renowned "gay lobby." In a 90-minute interview returning from his travels in Brazil, an affable, relaxed Pope Francis covered a range of topics, but the "who am I to judge?" response made the world do a double take. Seriously? "Who am I to judge?" Well, the pope! You are the pope who inherited two millennia of, well, pontificating about what's right and what's wrong, what's moral and what's immoral. I am sure the Vatican leaders are wringing their collective hands over a pope who may be viewed as a security and PR nightmare. He may seem out of their control, dispensing mercy and off-the-cuff pastoral kindness that blurs the lines of official church policy and pronouncements. We could almost feel the winds of Vatican II blowing. My hope is that this is not just the kind of rock-star po ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Dianne Reeves Brings Her Jazz to Columbus Park in Stamford, CT
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This past Wednesday, July 31, 2013, on one of those perfectly moderate summer evenings we rarely get to experience, the stars were aligned for an outdoor concert in Stamford's Columbus Park featuring Ms. Dianne Reeves. A walk through the crowd and one could find every type of fan, from young hipsters to seasoned octogenarians, who all came for a rare opportunity to see up close and be touched by the magic of Ms. Reeves. Ms. Reeves is a once in a generation singer who possess a rare combination of an excellent voice, impeccable timing, a great range and the innate ability to deliver a song with a feeling that makes it an intimate experience between her and her audience. At the age of 56 it is not hyperbole to consider her in the same breath as singers of the stature of Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington or Carmen McRae and, indeed, even Ella Fitzgerald or her idol Sarah Vaughn could be considered peers. The four-time Grammy award winner was born in Detroit but raised in Den ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to lo ...
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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson: 'Gay Lobby' at the Vatican -- Really?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A "gay lobby" at the Vatican? My first reaction to the leaking of the words of Pope Francis was, "If this Vatican 'gay lobby' is supposed to be working for me and the LGBT movement, we ought to fire them immediately!" As a graduate of a Roman Catholic seminary and an admirer of progressive Catholic theology, I am always fascinated by the tortured relationship of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy to its gay members and leaders, but these latest developments raise serious warning signs. In a report that surfaced from CLAR, a Latin American Catholic group, the pope is quoted as saying, "In the Curia there are holy people. It's true, there are holy people. But there is also a stream of corruption. There's also that; it's true. The 'gay lobby' is spoken of, and it's true: It's there.... We'll have to see what we can do." The pope spoke in Spanish, according to a summary of the meeting posted on a Chilean web site, Reflection and Liberation. What does the pope mean by " ...
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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 282
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nils FrahmGerman composer/producer Nils Frahm was born in early '80s Berlin. This classically trained pianist whose fingerprints mark an ambient evolution has released a dozen-plus projects into the cosmos. Collaborations include Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Anne Müller, Deaf Center, Efterklang, F.S. Blumm, and Dustin O'Halloran. His mesmeric sounds induce a reverie. Press rewind on "Keep," from Nils Frahm's 2011 Felt. Buy: iTunes.com Genre: Alt Ambient Classical Artist: Nils Frahm Song: Keep Album: Felt Cannonball AdderleyHard-bop alto-saxophone legend Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley into a musical and professorial home in Coolidge-era Tampa. After marking his music bones as a youth, he went on to teach his craft while playing with brother Nat (cornet) and Ray Charles in Florida. By the mid-'50s in New York, Adderley landed onstage with Oscar Pettiford, flying into his debut on the Savoy Label. Soon after, the Cannonball Adderley Qu ...
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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson: Hey, Supreme Court Justices, Same-Gender Marriages Are Not Experiments!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As the Supreme Court justices grilled the lawyers on both sides of the marriage equality cases before them, I found myself getting irritated at suggestions that the country may not be ready for full marriage equality, and at questions about the potential impact of same-gender marriages on heterosexual marriages. Ones would think that marriages between loving same-gender couples were brand-new and completely unknown before state laws began to shift. On the contrary, same-gender couples have been marrying each other for millennia. I think of scholar John Boswell, who wrote Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe, which documents same-gender marriages dating back to the ancient church. Judy Grahn's groundbreaking study of LGBT culture in the Ancient Near East, Another Mother Tongue, made it clear that we have been around throughout human history. Forty years ago I came out as lesbian and discovered Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). I met couples who had been together for ...
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Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Spotlight on the Orchestra’ is March 16
B Town Blog - almost 4 years
Cara Gabrielson The Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s third concert in its 2012–2013 season “Spotlight on the Orchestra,” will be presented at 8 p.m. on March 16 at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle. This concert will include Entry of the Gods into Valhalla, from Das Rheingold, one of the four operas that comprise Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelungen cycle. Also on the program will be Antonin Dvorak’s 8th Symphony and a selection of arias featuring soprano Cara Gabrielson. Ms. Gabrielson is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her operatic talents have been featured in Handel’s Agrippina, Guettel’s Myths and Hymns, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also performed at the Conservatory as soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, and with the Oregon Ballet Theater for Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Portland Youth Philharmonic for Poulenc’s Gloria. She has won a number of national awards and is currently stud ...
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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson: Is The Pope Catholic?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Pope Benedict's sudden announcement to step down stirred a whirlwind of commentary and speculation. The publicized reason was that the pope no longer had the stamina to fulfill the duties of his office. This is the first time in more than 600 years that a pope has stepped down. Every pope since then has died while serving as pontiff. The timing of the announcement coincides with the release of records from Los Angeles where Catholic officials covered up sexual abuse by priests. At the same time, in Germany, where Cardinal Ratzinger once led the church, there is a stalemate in the investigation of abuse by German priests. Cover-ups are not Catholic. Before Ratzinger was pope, he was Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- the final arbiter of theology and where the Inquisition was once lodged. From 1977 to 1982, he was an Archbishop in Germany. Allegations of sexual abuse would have come to his desk. In 2001, a letter from then Cardinal ...
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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson: Immigration, DOMA And LGBT Families: Obama And Common-Sense Values
Huffington Post - about 4 years
President Obama spoke out on immigration soon after being reelected to the highest office of this nation. With support from both parties, he plans to chart the course to common-sense immigration policies. It is a profound moment in our country's history. His call to unite immigrant families goes hand in hand with his historic support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and our families. As a pastor and the leader of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a denomination with members on almost every continent, I know firsthand how important these policies are. From a biblical perspective, I remember that Jesus and his parents were refugees in Egypt when he was a child. Welcoming strangers and foreigners has a bold place in the Bible. Moses and Abraham, Ruth and Naomi, and so many other sojourners were strangers in a strange land -- and were lifted up. Today, the majority of families affected by the immigration proposal are Hispanic, but Preside ...
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Ross Murray: Who Can Pray For America? The Inauguration Benediction Question
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The White House invited Rev. Louie Giglio, an evangelical pastor of the Passion City Church, in Atlanta, Ga., to lead the benediction at President Obama's inauguration. However, once Rev. Giglio's past anti-gay sermon surfaced, the White House has decided that he is not the right person to be praying for a blessing on the people of the United States. Rev. Giglio was selected because of his work in mobilizing college students to oppose slavery and sex trafficking. However, when ThinkProgress discovered that he referred to the "aggressive agenda" of the LGBT community, advocated for so-called "ex-gay" therapy, and called being gay a "malfunction," the White House realizes that his presence does not reflect the LGBT-inclusive record of the Obama administration, or of the American people. Rev. Giglio released a statement that acknowledged that his anti-gay messages of the past has become a stumbling block to his effectiveness in the inauguration: Due to a message of mine ...
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Do Gay Christians Still Need Their Own Church?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
-- On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister's robe and started a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place. Perry's Metropolitan Community Churches was then a lone spiritual refuge for openly gay Christians, an idea so far from the mainstream that the founders were often chased from places where they tried to worship. Four decades later, some of the most historically important American denominations, which had routinely expelled gays and lesbians, are welcoming them instead. MCC now has a presence in dozens of U.S. states as well as overseas, reporting a total membership of more than 240 congregations and ministries. But as acceptance of same-sex relationships grows – gay and lesbian clergy in many Protestant traditions no longer have to hide their partners or lose their careers, and Christians can often worship openly with their same-gender spouses in the mainline Protestant churches where they were raised – the f ...
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Book Review: Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll by Ann and Nancy Wilson with Charles R. Cross
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Book Review: Kicking &amp; Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock &amp; Roll by Ann and Nancy Wilson with Charles R. Cross Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 2:41 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 From their early years as children of a Marine growing up all over the world, to Ann leaving home as a very young woman to join her "Magic Man" in Vancouver and form Heart, to Nancy joining the band and beyond, the story is honest and [...] there are lots of stories about interaction with other groups, especially in the 70s and 80s. Kicking and Dreaming is everything a rock memoir should be, and a testimony to the love and support of the Wilson sisters for each other and their tenacity in insisting on making the music they wanted to make the way they wanted to make it, overcoming stereotypes and inspiring ...
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Music Review: Heart - Fanatic
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: Heart - Fanatic Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:54 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2012 On Fanatic, their 14th studio album, the ladies prove that they are just as hard-rocking as ever. Ann Wilson's voice is as powerful as it has ever been, and Nancy Wilson still plays guitar with fire and amazing dexterity. While Heart still can make a rock ballad and choose a great guest artist to help sell it, as with the song "Walkin' Good," on which they are joined by Sarah McLachlan, the sisters have chosen here to mine their personal history and emotions in
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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson: So What If Jesus Had A Wife?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I loved the headlines as the Vatican declared that a fragment of papyrus was a fraud: There's a nagging feeling that Jesus had a wife ... Vatican Says Papyrus Mentioning Jesus' Wife is 'Fake' ... So Jesus WAS Married -- Oy Vey! Laurie Goodstein, New York Times religion writer, provides the most informative account about the remnant of an ancient papyrus text, wherein Jesus refers to his wife and says she is worthy to be a disciple. The fragment was given to Dr. Karen King by a donor who remains anonymous to avoid the ecclesiastical and media fray that such documents inevitably engender. This is not the first time the possibility of Jesus being married has created a stir. In 1970, William Phipps wrote a book, "Was Jesus Married?: The Distortion of Sexuality in Christian Tradition." Phipps argues that marriage was assumed for males in Jesus' time, so when Peter's mother-in-law shows up in Scripture, the wife is assumed to be in the picture and there is no need to explain ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nancy Wilson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 74
    On September 10, 2011, she performed on a public stage for the last time at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details According to Wilson, "I'm not going to be doing it anymore, and what better place to end it than where I started – in Ohio."
  • 2008
    Age 71
    In March 2008, she was hospitalized for lung complications, recovered and claimed to be doing well.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, her husband, Wiley Burton, died after suffering from renal cancer.
  • 2007
    Age 70
    At the Hollywood Bowl, August 29, 2007, Wilson celebrated her 70th birthday with an all-star event hosted by Arsenio Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Ramsey Lewis and his trio performed "To Know Her Is To Love Her".
  • 2006
    Age 69
    In August 2006, Wilson was hospitalized with anemia and potassium deficiency, and was on I.V. sustenance while undergoing a complete battery of tests.
    More Details Hide Details She was unable to attend the UNCF Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin and had to cancel the engagement. All of her other engagements were on hold, pending doctors’ reports for that month.
    Times.com, August 20, 2006: "It's been a long career for the polished Wilson, whose first albums appeared in the 1960s, and she faces that truth head-on in such numbers as 'These Golden Years' and 'I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up'.
    More Details Hide Details Shorter breathed these days, she can still summon a warm, rich sound and vividly tell a song's story. With a big band behind her in 'Taking a Chance on Love', she also shows there's plenty of fire in her autumnal mood".
  • 2005
    Age 68
    In September 2005, Wilson was inducted on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson was a major figure in civil rights marches of the 1960s. Wilson said, "This award means more to me than anything else I have ever received."
    She received the 2005 UNCF Trumpet Award celebrating African-American achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in Chicago, and Oprah Winfrey's Legends Award.
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    In 2005 she received the NAACP Image Awards for Best Recording Jazz Artist.
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  • 2004
    Age 67
    Wilson was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships award in 2004, the highest honors that the United States government bestows upon jazz musicians.
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  • 2001
    Age 64
    Wilson and the program were the recipients of the George Foster Peabody Award in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    All the proceeds from 2001's A Nancy Wilson Christmas went to support the work of MCG Jazz.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson was the host on NPR's Jazz Profiles, from 1996 to 2005. This series profiled the legends and legacy of jazz through music, interviews and commentary.
  • 1999
    Age 62
    In 1999, she hosted a show in honor of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Forever Ella on the A & E Network.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 58
    In 1995, Wilson performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival in 1997.
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  • 1989
    Age 52
    In 1989 Nancy Wilson in Concert played as a television special.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, Wilson recorded an album paying tribute to Johnny Mercer with co-producer Barry Manilow entitled With My Lover Beside Me. In this decade she also recorded two other albums, Love, Nancy and her sixtieth album If I Had it My Way. 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, PA.
  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 49
    In 1986, she was dubbed the Global Entertainer of the Year by the World Conference of Mayors.
    More Details Hide Details She received an award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in 1993; the NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award in 1998, and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999. She received the Trumpet Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1994. Wilson received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990, at 6541 Hollywood Blvd. She received honorary degrees from the Berklee School of Music and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Wilson has a street named after her in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She co-founded the Nancy Wilson Foundation, which exposes inner-city children to the country.
  • 1982
    Age 45
    In 1982 she also signed with CBS, her albums here including The Two of Us (1984), duets with Ramsey Lewis produced by Stanley Clarke; Forbidden Lover (1987), including the title-track duet with Carl Anderson; and A Lady with a Song, which became her 52nd album release in 1989.
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    In 1982 she recorded with Hank Jones and the Great Jazz Trio.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year she recorded with Griffith Park Band whose members included Chick Corea and Joe Henderson. In 1987 she participated in a PBS show entitled Newport Jazz ‘87 as the singer of a jazz trio with John Williams and Roy McCurdy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 40
    In 1977 she recorded the theme song for The Last Dinosaur, a made-for-TV movie which opened in theaters in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1980s, she recorded five albums for Japanese labels because she preferred recording live, and American labels frequently did not give her that option. She gained such wide popularity that she was selected as the winner of the annual Tokyo Song Festivals.
  • 1975
    Age 38
    She gave birth to Samantha Burton in 1975, and the couple adopted Sheryl Burton in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of her marriage, she abstained from performing in various venues, such as supper clubs. For the following two decades, she successfully juggled her personal life and her career. In November 1998, both of her parents died: she calls this year the most difficult of her life.
  • 1973
    Age 36
    On May 22, 1973, she married a Presbyterian minister, the Reverend Wiley Burton.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 27
    In 1964, Wilson won her first Grammy Award for the best rhythm and blues recording for the album How Glad I Am.
    More Details Hide Details She was featured as a "grand diva" of jazz in a 1992 edition of Essence. In the same year, she also received the Whitney Young, Jr. Award from the Urban League. In 1998, she was a recipient of the Playboy Reader Poll Award for best jazz vocalist.
  • 1963
    Age 26
    From 1963 to 1971 Wilson logged eleven songs on the Hot 100, including two Christmas singles.
    More Details Hide Details However, "Face It Girl, It's Over" was the only remaining non-Christmas song to crack the Top 40 for Wilson (#29, in 1968). After making numerous television guest appearances, Wilson eventually got her own series on NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show (1967–1968), which won an Emmy. Over the years she has appeared on many popular television shows from I Spy (more or less playing herself as a Las Vegas singer in the 1966 episode "Lori", and a similar character in the 1973 episode "The Confession" of The F.B.I.), Room 222, Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, The Jack Paar Program, The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show (1966), The Danny Kaye Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Kraft Music Hall, The Sinbad Show, The Cosby Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Soul Food, New York Undercover, and recently Moesha, and The Parkers. She also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and The Flip Wilson Show. She was in the 1993 Robert Townsend's The Meteor Man and in the film, The Big Score. She also appeared on The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars and the March of Dime Telethon. She was signed by Capitol Records in the late 1970s and in an attempt to broaden her appeal she cut the album Life, Love and Harmony, an album of soulful, funky dance cuts that included the track "Sunshine", which was to become one of her most sought-after recordings (albeit among supporters of the rare soul scene with whom she would not usually register).
    In 1963 "Tell Me The Truth" became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast.
    More Details Hide Details TIME said of her, "She is, all at once, both cool and sweet, both singer and storyteller." In 1964 Wilson released what became her most successful hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am", which peaked at No. 11.
  • 1962
    Age 25
    In 1962, they collaborated, producing the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, which propelled her to national prominence, and Wilson would later appear on Adderley's live album In Person (1968).
    More Details Hide Details Between March 1964 and June 1965, four of Wilson's albums hit the Top 10 on Billboards Top LPs chart.
  • 1960
    Age 23
    Wilson married her first husband, drummer Kenny Dennis, in 1960. In 1963, their son, Kenneth (Kacy) Dennis, Jr., was born, and by 1970, they divorced.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues, with the hit R&B song "Save Your Love for Me". Adderley suggested that she should steer away from her original pop style and gear her music toward jazz and ballads.
    Capitol Records signed her in 1960.
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  • 1959
    Age 22
    When Wilson met Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, he suggested that she should move to New York City, believing that the big city would be the venue in which her career could bloom. In 1959, she relocated to New York with a goal of obtaining Cannonball’s manager John Levy as her manager and Capitol Records as her label.
    More Details Hide Details Within four weeks of her arrival in New York she got her first big break, a call to fill in for Irene Reid at "The Blue Morocco". The club booked Wilson on a permanent basis; she was singing four nights a week and working as a secretary for the New York Institute of Technology during the day. John Levy sent demos of "Guess Who I Saw Today", "Sometimes I’m Happy", and two other songs to Capitol.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 19
    She toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest in 1956 to 1958.
    More Details Hide Details While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.
    She auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Age 0
    On February 20, 1937, Wilson was the first of six children born to Olden Wilson, an iron foundry worker, and Lillian Ryan, a maid in Chillicothe, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson's father would buy records to listen to at home. At an early age Wilson heard recordings from Billy Eckstine, Nat Cole, and Jimmy Scott with Lionel Hampton's Big Band. Wilson says: "The juke joint down on the block had a great jukebox and there I heard Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker, Little Esther". Wilson became aware of her talent while singing in church choirs, imitating singers as a young child, and performing in her grandmother's house during summer visits. By the age of four, she knew she would eventually become a singer. At the age of 15, while a student at West High School (Columbus, Ohio), she won a talent contest sponsored by local television station WTVN. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, which she ended up hosting. She also worked clubs on the east side and north side of Columbus, Ohio, from the age of 15 until she graduated from West High School at age 17.
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