Nancy Wilson (jazz/blues/soul singer)

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Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with more than seventy albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop and soul, 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". 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.

Unsure of her future as an entertainer, she entered college to pursue teaching. She spent one year at Ohio's Central State College (now Central State University) before dropping out and following her original ambitions. She auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956. She toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest in 1956 to 1958. While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Something Wonderful Nancy Wilson 2
1962 Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley 4 4
1963 Broadway - My Way Nancy Wilson 1
1963 Yesterday's Love Songs / Today's Blues Nancy Wilson 2
1964 How Glad I Am Nancy Wilson 1
1964 Today, Tomorrow, Forever Nancy Wilson 2
1965 The Nancy Wilson Show! Nancy Wilson 1
1966 A Touch of Today Nancy Wilson 1
1968 Easy Nancy Wilson 1
1970 Now I'm a Woman Nancy Wilson 1
1975 Come Get to This Nancy Wilson 1
1978 Music on My Mind Nancy Wilson 1
1984 Godsend Nancy Wilson 1
1987 Forbidden Lover Nancy Wilson 1
1990 Nancy Now Nancy Wilson 1
1990 A Lady With a Song Nancy Wilson 1
1991 With My Lover Beside Me Nancy Wilson 1
1992 The Swingin's Mutual! The George Shearing Quintet & Nancy Wilson 2
1994 Love, Nancy Nancy Wilson 1
1994 Welcome to My Love Nancy Wilson 1
1995 Lush Life Nancy Wilson 2
1997 Today, Tomorrow, Forever / A Touch of Today Nancy Wilson 1
2001 A Nancy Wilson Christmas Nancy Wilson 1
2001 Broadway - My Way / Hollywood - My Way Nancy Wilson 1
2002 Meant to Be Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson 1
2003 Like in Love / Something Wonderful Nancy Wilson 1
2003 Organic Henry Johnson with Nancy Wilson 1
2004 R.S.V.P. - Rare Songs, Very Personal Nancy Wilson 1
2005 Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs of Lost Love Nancy Wilson 1
2006 From Broadway With Love / Tender Loving Care Nancy Wilson 1
2006 Hollywood - My Way Nancy Wilson 1
2006 Broadway My Way Nancy Wilson 1
2006 Turned to Blue Nancy Wilson 1
2009 How Glad Am I / Gentle Is My Love Nancy Wilson 1
2013 Hello Young Lovers Nancy Wilson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 But Beautiful Nancy Wilson 1
1992 Best of the Capitol Years Nancy Wilson 1
1994 I Wish You Love Nancy Wilson 1
1995 Spotlight on... Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson 2
1996 Ballads, Blues & Big Bands Nancy Wilson 1
1996 The Best Of Nancy Wilson - The Jazz And Blues Sessions Nancy Wilson 1
1998 Outta Sight! Nancy Wilson 1
2000 Anthology Nancy Wilson 1
2001 The Best of Nancy Wilson: The Standards Nancy Wilson 1
2001 The Ultimate Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson 1
2002 The Essence of Nancy Wilson: Four Decades of Music Nancy Wilson 1
2005 The Great American Songbook Nancy Wilson 1
2007 The Very Best of Nancy Wilson: The Capitol Recordings 1960-1976 Nancy Wilson 1
2011 All in Love is Fair / Come Get to This Nancy Wilson 1
2012 This Mother's Daughter / I've Never Been to Me Nancy Wilson 1
2013 Can't Take My Eyes Off You / Now I'm a Woman Nancy Wilson 1
2013 Kaleidoscope / I Know I Love Him Nancy Wilson 1
2015 Someday You'll Want Me to Want You Nancy Wilson 1
2015 Today-My Way / Nancy-Naturally Nancy Wilson 1
2016 Just for Now / Lush Life Nancy Wilson 1
2016 The Early Years 1956-62 Nancy Wilson 1
2016 Welcome to My Love / Easy Nancy Wilson 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 In Person Cannonball Adderley feat. Nancy Wilson & Lou Rawls 1
2005 Live From Las Vegas: 14 Live Hits and Signature Songs Nancy Wilson 1
2013 Echoes of an Era 2: The Concert Nancy Wilson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Tell Me The Truth / My Sweet Thing Nancy Wilson 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Nancy Wilson - Greatest Hits Nancy Wilson 1
2005 Save Your Love for Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great Blues Ballads Nancy Wilson 1

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