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Jazz Legend Singer, Nancy Wilson Dies at 81


(FILES) In this file photo Singer Nancy Wilson performs live onstage at the 17th Annual NEA Jazz Masters awards and concert January 12, 2007 in New York City. - Nancy Wilson, an award-winning jazz singer died December 13, 2018 at her home in Pioneertown, California at the age of 81. (Photo by Bryan Bedder / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

The Grammy-winning singer, Nancy Wilson who performed everything from jazz ballads to pop songs during a career spanning decades, has died at the age of 81.

She died Thursday in California after a long illness, her manager Devra Hall Levy stated.

Wilson’s biggest hit was “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” in 1964. It earned her a Grammy award for best R&B recording.

She also won a Grammy in 2005 and 2007.

Wilson once said she knew from a very early age what she would do in life.

“I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it,” she NPR radio in 1994.

She said the musical influences in her life included Nat “King” Cole.

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