February 20: Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson Was Born on This Date in 1937

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By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: The DownBeat Archives

Nancy Sue Wilson (pictured) was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on February 20, 1937.

Wilson was an American jazz singer and actress who had a five-decade career. She worked in the entertainment industry from the mid-1950s through the early 2010s, when she retired. Wilson’s tune “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her rendition of the traditional “Guess Who I Saw Today” were both smash hits.

She has almost 70 LPs to her credit and has received three Grammy Awards for her efforts. Wilson has been described as a blues, R&B, pop, and soul performer throughout her career. She was a superb performer as well as an all-around entertainer.

However, she preferred to be addressed as a”song stylist.” Wilson was dubbed “Sweet Nancy,” “The Baby,” “Fancy Miss Nancy,” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice,” among other monikers during her illustrious career.

She died on December 18, 2018, in Pioneertown, California, at the age of 81. See her complete show in 1962 below.


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