Nancy Wilson Top Ten from Prolific Five Decade Career of Jazz Vocalist / Civil Rights Activist Who Died Yesterday At Age 81

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2018 07:44am | Post a Comment

Yesterday, December 13th, beloved prolific jazz-pop vocalist Nancy Wilson died at age 81 in her Pioneertown, CA home following a prolonged illness, according to the artist's management company. Celebrated for her commanding versatile vocal style Nancy Wilson enjoyed a rich five decade long career, recording dozens of albums, performing jazz ballads, American standards, Broadway show tunes, and easy listening vocals as well as such other genres as disco. In addition to her music career, the African American artist was also a noted civil rights activist during her lifetime. Back in 1965 she was among those to march on Selma, Alabama. As Wilson repeatedly stated over the years, one of her lifelong missions was to continually break down prevalent racial stereotypes. This she accomplished via such things as her appearances on The Carol Burnett Show.

While her music is generally found filed under “jazz” or “soul” or "pop" in interviews Wilson insisted on not been associated with any one modern musical genre, rather describing herself as a “song stylist” who tells stories in an intimate engaging fashion. That description is certainly true of some of her best known songs that tackled topics of failed relationships and heartache in an open honest and empowered manner, now seen as ahead of its time. In an artist tribute the NYT described Wilson as a, “forerunner of the modern female empowerment singer, with the brassy inflections and biting inflections to fuel it.” This apt description applies to her best known songs including such definitive Nancy Wilson hit singles as “Face It Girl, It’s Over” from 1968 and “Guess Who I Saw Today” from 1960.

“Guess Who I Saw Today” along with numerous other recordings from the artist’s prolific five-decade long career, in which she recorded 70 studio albums, is included in the Nancy Wilson Top Ten album chart below. Featuring all artist albums currently available from Amoeba Music, this list is topped by the album seen up above How Glad I Am vinyl LP that was reissued on vinyl this time last year by Capitol Records. The 1964 album would earn Wilson a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording; one of three Grammys she would receive. How Glad I Am’s title track was the artist’s most commercially successful song; the 1964 soul ballad  hit single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am."

Other albums featured in the Top Ten below include The Early Years 1956-62 (Acrobat) which is the complete Capitol albums from the period plus bonus singles and live performances. There's also two Cannonball Adderly collaborative titles with the saxophonist;  With Cannonball Adderley & George Shearing (Disconforme) and Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley (Blue Note). Another Blue Note release is Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs Of Lost Love featuring that Wilson signature song "Guess Who....." A number of the titles in the top ten are recent era repackaged sets containing two different Nancy Wilson albums (with additional bonus cuts) such as  Keep You Satisfied / Forbidden Lover 2CD (Soul, Welcome To My Love / Easy (Caroline), and Today - My Way / Nancy - Naturally  2CD (Caroline).


Top Ten Nancy Wilson Albums Currently Avail from Amoeba Music

1: Nancy Wilson How Glad I Am vinyl LP (Capitol) 

2: Nancy Wilson Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs Of Lost Love (Blue Note)

3: Nancy Wilson With Cannonball Adderley & George Shearing (Disconforme)

4:Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley (Blue Note)

5: Nancy Wilson The Early Years 1956-62 (Acrobat)

6: Nancy Wilson Broadway - My Way (bonus tracks CD) (Blue Note)

7: Nancy Wilson  Keep You Satisfied / Forbidden Lover 2CD (Soul

8: Nancy Wilson Welcome To My Love / Easy (Caroline) 

9: Nancy Wilson Today - My Way / Nancy - Naturally  2CD (Caroline)

10: Nancy Wilson Hello Young Lovers (Pickwick)

  Nancy Wilson "The Very Thought Of You" Live in 1964 at The Hollywood Palace

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