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WILSON, Nancy

(b 20 Feb. '37, Chillicothe OH) Perennially popular singer handling all kinds of material with strong jazz qualities of phrasing, feeling, good intonation. Toured with Rusty Bryant band '56--8, first recorded for Dot '56. To NYC '59; signed with Capitol, began making fine LPs like The Swingin's Mutual with George Shearing. Twenty-nine chart LPs '62--71 incl. top ten albums Yesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues (arr. by Gerald Wilson, no relation), Today, Tomorrow, Forever, How Glad I Am, Today -- My Way '64--5; other hit LPs were Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley '62, The Nancy Wilson Show! (live at the Coconut Grove) '65. Lush Life '67 had arr. by Billy May, Oliver Nelson, Sid Feller; reissued as The Right To Love '71 it charted again in USA, then under first title in UK '84. Nancy -- Naturally '67 was arr. by May. She had nine Hot 100 singles '63--71, only '(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am' '64 reaching top 40 (no. 11). No chart albums '72-- 4; remained popular club and cabaret artist; came back to top 200 LPs each year '74--7, left Capitol and charted again '84 with The Two Of Us with Ramsey Lewis on CBS; Keep You Satisfied '86 was also on CBS, CD edition on Denon, which also issued I'll Be A Song, Godsend and Yaksa (with Toots Thielemans). A Lady With A Song, Love, Nancy and If I Had My Way were also on Columbia.