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Grammy-Winning Singer Dead at 81

Dec 14, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A singer who starred in an NBC series and chalked up a string of hits over the course of a five-decade career has died. Nancy Wilson died Thursday at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., following a long illness, according to media reports. She was 81.

Wilson won her first Grammy in 1965 for her album “How Glad I Am,” which was named Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. Decades later, she won Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2005 and 2007, first for “R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)” and then for “Turned to Blue.”

She was a fixture on the singles charts throughout the 1960s, when her hits included “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” “Face It Girl, It’s Over,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Peace of Mind,” “Don’t Come Running Back to Me” and “I Wanna Be With You.”

Wilson’s prolific album releases in the 1960s included the big sellers “Hollywood — My Way,” released in 1963; “Today, Tomorrow, Forever,” 1964; “Today — My Way,” 1965; “A Touch of Today,” 1966; and “Nancy — Naturally,” 1966.

Wilson had her own Emmy-winning NBC series, “The Nancy Wilson Show,” which aired from 1966-1967. She also appeared in guest roles on many shows over the years, including “I Spy,” “Room 222,” “The F.B.I.,” “Police Story” and “The Cosby Show.”

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