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The Masquerade Is Over
by Nancy Wilson, with Joe Zawinul, piano
Nancy Wilson (1937 to 2018) was an American 'jazz' singer and actress. Nancy Wilson was born on February 20th 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio, USA. The oldest of six children, as a youngster she was influenced greatly by her father's own love of music and by the records he played at home. She was determined to be a singer even at four years old, and developed further talent in this field by singing in the church choir. After she won a TV talent contest at 15 years old, she began appearing regularly on the television show "Skyline Melodies" while still at high school, and began working in nightclubs at about the same age. After high school, Wilson studied for one year at Ohio's Central State College (now Central State University) before "dropping out" to become a professional singer. She recorded her first record with Rusty Bryant's 'Carolyn Club Big Band' in 1956, touring with them until 1958 and making her first solo recording with 'Dot Records' while still a part of their line-up. After Cannonball Adderley recommended she move to New York to further her career, she went there in 1959 and within a month got a job singing at The Blue Morocco Night Club on Boston Road in The Bronx. Adderley's agent heard her there and signed her straight away, getting her a contract with 'Capitol Records' in 1960. Wilson made her debut that year with the 'rhythm and blues' single "Guess Who I Saw Today", and further records proved equally as successful ('Capitol' issued five albums of her work in just two years). Eventually though, she moved away from 'R&B' to embrace 'jazz' and 'torch' songs. The 1962 collaboration "Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley" helped propel her to the top, and her breakout hit, "Tell Me the Truth", came in 1963 - this brought her a gig the following year at New York's Coconut Grove, at that time the top nightclub in the USA, which confirmed her status as a star. Her 1964 song "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (she would chart 11 singles there in all, and also had four albums in Billboard's Album charts between March 1964 and June 1965). Wilson's first "Grammy" award came in 1964 - 'Best R&B Recording' for the album "How Glad I Am", and she would continue recording into the new millennium, going on to win more "Grammy" awards in 2005 and 2007. She retired from 'live' singing in 2011, but was also well-known as an actress, making numerous appearances on American TV and having her own 'BBC' television showcase in the UK in 1966, called "The Nancy Wilson Show" (it was also turned into a soundtrack album). She was married twice, having one child with drummer Kenny Dennis between 1960 and 1970 and two children with the Presbyterian minister Wiley Burton during the 35 years from 1973 until his death in 2008. Nancy Wilson died in Pioneertown, California, on December 13th 2018, aged 81.
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Posted: 10th January 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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