, one of the most revered jazz singers of the 20th century, has died, her manager told the Associated Press
. She was 81.
The singer passed away at her home in Pioneertown, a small California community north of Palm Springs, after a long illness, according to manager Devra Hall.
Wilson’s three Grammy awards spanned a more than 40-year period, with her first coming in 1965 in the Best Rhythm & Blues category for her Capitol single “How Glad I Am.” Her last was in 2007, awarded for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Turned to Blue,” her final release. (She had seven nominations in all.) Wilson’s recording career actually dates back to 1959, when she released “Like in Love,” an album arranged by the legendary Billy May.
Outside of the music intelligentsia, Wilson may be remembered by millions of TV viewers who recall her 1974-75 NBC
variety series, “The Nancy Wilson Show,.” She