Nancy Wilson, legendary jazz singer, Grammy winner, dead at 81

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Nancy Wilson, legendary jazz singer, Grammy winner, dead at 81

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Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy-winning "song stylist" who excelled as a jazz and pop singer,  died Thursday, her manager told The Associated Press. She was 81.

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Wilson died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, California, Devra Hall Levy, her manager and publicist, said late Thursday.

Wilson put 11 songs into Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart during her career, according to IMDb. Her 1964 song, “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” rose to No. 11 on the charts. From March 1964 and June 1965, Wilson placed four albums in Billboard’s Top LP charts.

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Wilson won her first Grammy Award in 1965 for best R&B recording for her album, “How Glad I Am,” according to IMDb. She also won Grammys for her albums “R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) in 2005, and “Turned to Blue” in 2007.

She retired from live performances in 2011.

Wilson was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio, according to IMDb.

In addition to her singing career, Wilson appeared on radio, television and film. Her credits include “Hawaii Five-O” and “Police Story,” and she hosted NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” for many years, according to the AP

Wilson was active in the civil rights movement and participated in the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, according to the AP. She received an NAACP Image Award in 1998, according to IMDb.

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