In a career that spanned six decades, Nancy Wilson made a name for herself singing jazz, rhythm & blues and pop hits in her own inimitable style. She won three Grammy Awards, her first two coming forty years apart. She was honored by numerous groups and organizations as a “song stylist,” a moniker that she preferred.
Nancy also tried her hand at acting with a certain amount of success. She had roles in several TV dramas and comedies. She enjoyed guest appearances on variety shows including The Carol Burnett Show, on which she appreciated the lack of racial stereotyping that was so prevalent on television.
In addition to singing and acting, Nancy was an vocal advocate for civil rights, participating in a march in Selma, Alabama in 1965.
After a lifetime of accolades, Nancy passed away in early December at the age of 81.