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Nancy Wilson Jazz Singer Bio, Wiki, Age, Net Worth, Marriages, Husband, Children, Cause of Death

Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning Jazz singer, dies aged 81

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Nancy Wilson Jazz Singer Bio

Nancy Sue Wilson was born on 20th February 1937 and died on 13th December 2018. She was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, beginning in the mid–1950s until retiring in the early–2010s. She was mostly renown for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am”.

Wilson was credited for recording more than seventy albums and winning three Grammy Awards for her work. During her performing career, she was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”. She, however, preferred the title “song stylist”. She received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice.”

Nancy Wilson Background information
Nancy Wilson Birth name Nancy Sue Wilson
Nancy Wilson Age She was born on 20th February 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S.
Nancy Wilson Died She died on 13th December 2018(aged 81) in Pioneertown, California, U.S.
Nancy Wilson Children  Sheryl Burton (Daughter), Samantha Burton (Daughter), Kenneth (Kacy) Dennis, Jr. (Son)
Nancy Wilson Husband Reverend Wiley Burton (m. 1974–2008)
Kenny Dennis (m. 1960–1970)
Nancy Wilson Music Genres
  • R&B
  • pop
  • jazz
  • soul
  • blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1956–2011
  • MCG Jazz
  • Capitol
  • Blue Note
Associated acts
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • George Shearing
  • Cannonball Adderley
  • James Ingram
  • Hank Jones
  • Billy Taylor
Nancy Wilson Net Worth Her net worth was estimated $12 million dollars as at the time of her death

Nancy Wilson Early life, Family and Education

On 20th February 1937, Wilson was the firstborn in a family of six children. Her parents were Olden Wilson (father), an iron foundry worker, and Lillian Ryan (mother), a maid in Chillicothe, Ohio. Wilson’s father would buy records to listen to at home. At a tender age, Wilson heard recordings from Billy Eckstine, Nat King 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 time she was four years old, she knew she would eventually become a singer.

While a student at West High School at the age of 15, she won a talent contest sponsored by local television station WTVN. The prize was for an appearance twice-a-week in a 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. Uncertain of what the future held 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 from 1956 to 1958. While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.

Nancy Wilson Marriages, Husband, Children

Nancy Wilson was married twice. Her first husband was drummer Kenny Dennis married in 1960. In 1963, their son, Kenneth (Kacy) Dennis Jr., was born, and by 1970, they divorced. On 22nd May 1973, she married a Presbyterian minister, the Reverend Wiley Burton. She gave birth to Samantha Burton in 1975, and the couple adopted Sheryl Burton in 1976. As a result of her marriage, she abstained from performing in various venues, such as supper clubs. For the following two decades, she successfully juggled her personal life and her career. In November 1998, both of her parents died: she calls this year the most difficult of her life.

Nancy Wilson Health Issues

In August 2006, Wilson was hospitalized with anemia and potassium deficiency and was on I.V. sustenance while undergoing a complete battery of tests. She was unable to attend the UNCF Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin and had to cancel the engagement. All of her other engagements were on hold, pending doctors’ reports for that month. In March 2008, she was hospitalized for lung complications, recovered and claimed to be doing well. In the same year (2006), her husband, Wiley Burton, died after suffering from renal cancer.

Nancy Wilson Death and Cause

Nancy Wilson died from a long-illness on 13th December 2018 at her home in Pioneertown, California at the age of 81.

Nancy Wilson Tributes

Nancy Wilson Grammy history

  • Career Wins: 3
  • Career Nominations: 7 (Note: In a 2007 interview, Wilson stated that she had been nominated more than 20 times. However, the official Grammys website credits her with only 7.)
Nancy Wilson Grammy History (Wins Only)
Year Category Genre Title Label Result
2007 Best Jazz Vocal Album Jazz Turned to Blue MCG Jazz Winner
2005 Best Jazz Vocal Album Jazz R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) MCG Jazz Winner
1965 Best Rhythm & Blues Recording R&B “How Glad I Am” Capitol Winner

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