Sad news to report. Jazz legend Nancy Wilson died at 81 years old yesterday, December 13. According to the Associated Press,  she passed away after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, California, which is near Joshua Tree National Park.

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The three-time Grammy winner got her big break in the 1960s with songs like 1963’s “Tell Me The Truth,” 1968’s “Face It Girl, It’s Over” and 1964’s “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” which was her biggest hit, charting at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded her with the”Jazz Masters Fellowship.” She retired in 2011, but was always a huge inspiration for vocalists across genres. John Legend wrote on Twitter, “So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I’m so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person.”

Jazz legend Diane Reeves wrote, “My favorite Nancy Wilson album eternally beautiful Rest In Peace and Grace.”  See below:

Entertainment reporter Shaun Robinson also wrote on Twitter, “What an amazing woman with the voice of an angel. RIP Nancy Wilson. Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81.”

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#RIP - Grammy-winning jazz singer Nancy Wilson has died at age 81 #NancyWilson was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, beginning in the mid–1950s until retiring in 2011. She was notable for her single "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am". Wilson has more than seventy albums and has won three  #GrammyAwards for her recordings. Wilson 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 debut single, "Guess Who I Saw Today", was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues. Adderley suggested that she should steer away from her original pop style and gear her music toward jazz and ballads. In 1962, they collaborated, producing the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, which propelled her to national prominence with the hit R&B song, "Save Your Love For Me", and Wilson would later appear on Adderley's live album In Person (1968). Between March 1964 and June 1965, four of Wilson's albums hit the Top 10 on Billboard's Top LPs chart. In 1963 "Tell Me The Truth" became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast. TIME said of her, "She is, all at once, both cool and sweet, both singer and storyteller." In 1964 Wilson released what became her most successful hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am", which peaked at No. 11. From 1963 to 1971 Wilson logged eleven songs on the Hot 100, including two Christmas singles. However, "Face It Girl, It's Over" was the only remaining non-Christmas song to crack the Top 40 for Wilson (#29, in 1968).

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