Wednesday, April 17, 2024

RIP Great Jazz and R&B Singer Nancy Wilson, 81, Winner of Three Grammy Awards


The great song stylist Nancy Wilson has died at age 81. Nancy Wilson was not a big chart hit maker. But she was a lovely singer who was widely respected in the jazz world. She moved into R&B and was a popular and sought after performer on TV and on Broadway. She won three Grammy awards, and hosted her own TV variety show in the mid 60s. I would liken her to singers such as Dianne Reeves, or even Norah Jones. She’s been out of the spotlight for a few years. But I expect a Renaissance today as she was a “singer’s singer.” Condolences to her family. One of the greats.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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