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PostPosted: 12/14/18 8:45 am    ::: Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018) Reply Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 12/14/18 8:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nancy Wilson Dies at 81; Jazz Singer Who Turned Songs Into Stories

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Nancy Wilson, whose skilled and flexible approach to singing provided a key bridge between the sophisticated jazz-pop vocalists of the 1950s and the powerhouse pop-soul singers of the 1960s and ’70s, died Thursday at her home in Pioneertown, Calif. She was 81.

Ms. Wilson’s death, which came after a long illness, was confirmed by her manager, Devra Hall Levy.

In her long and celebrated career, Ms. Wilson performed American standards, jazz ballads, Broadway show tunes, R&B torch songs and middle-of-the-road pop pieces, all delivered with a heightened sense of a song’s narrative.

“I have a gift for telling stories, making them seem larger than life,” she told The Los Angeles Times in 1993. “I love the vignette, the plays within the song.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/14/obituaries/nancy-wilson-dead-jazz-singer.html



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PostPosted: 12/14/18 11:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

i'm at a loss for words to celebrate her. but i will say that i used her original, 1961 version of her song "guess who i saw today" (not the live one posted here) to teach an intermediate english class. wilson was perfect for her enunciation. the students loved it and fell in love with nancy wilson. btw, the original, 1961 version was a flop, but it came to be her most popular, most requested song. the story she tells so vividly evokes an era i vaguely remember (because it was my mother's era). thank you, nancy.

i've probably shared this before, but it bears repeating.

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PostPosted: 12/14/18 1:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Well, I've expressed here many times how I felt about Nancy Wilson. She was thought of as a supper club singer in the era when there were supper clubs. Torch and pop songs and kind of swinging. Good stuff. And some tasty TV appearances and that was the career for this kind of singer back then. But she was, I contend, a jazz singer with very few peers. IMO. Billie and Sarah and I can't really think of anyone else who I like better than Nancy Wilson.

I just want to add that I'm so sorry for generations from the 80s on who do not know the music of the last century. The material. Cole Porter. Kurt Weill. Jimmy Van Heusen. Rogers and Hart. Johnny Mercer. The tunes. Like not even the most obvious ones. The songs our parents knew, bista.

I Remember You
Poinciana
You and the Night and the Music
Dancing in the Dark
Poor Butterfly
All the Things You Are
September Song
Indian Summer
I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face

Alone Together

Songs of ardor. What? Ardor? WTF is that?

I just feel so sorry for younger people.

Anyway. This to me is one of the best examples of the genius of Nancy Wilson singing jazz.

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PostPosted: 12/14/18 3:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing sambista. She really had the cleanest vocals and her rendition of Go Away Little Boy (posted above) is the best version I've ever heard.

The lady was class and elegance personified with a voice that could move you at the drop of a dime.

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PostPosted: 12/14/18 5:19 pm    ::: Re: Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 201 Reply Reply with quote

Genero, I saw this news this morning, but I didn't post it. I knew you would give Nancy and this thread the best respect she deserved. I think I'll watch that episode of Cosby this weekend.

Genero36 wrote:
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PostPosted: 12/14/18 7:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

jammerbirdi wrote:
Well, I've expressed here many times how I felt about Nancy Wilson. She was thought of as a supper club singer in the era when there were supper clubs. Torch and pop songs and kind of swinging. Good stuff. And some tasty TV appearances and that was the career for this kind of singer back then. But she was, I contend, a jazz singer with very few peers. IMO. Billie and Sarah and I can't really think of anyone else who I like better than Nancy Wilson.

I just want to add that I'm so sorry for generations from the 80s on who do not know the music of the last century. The material. Cole Porter. Kurt Weill. Jimmy Van Heusen. Rogers and Hart. Johnny Mercer. The tunes. Like not even the most obvious ones. The songs our parents knew, bista.

I Remember You
Poinciana
You and the Night and the Music
Dancing in the Dark
Poor Butterfly
All the Things You Are
September Song
Indian Summer
I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face

Alone Together

Songs of ardor. What? Ardor? WTF is that?

I just feel so sorry for younger people.

Anyway. This to me is one of the best examples of the genius of Nancy Wilson singing jazz.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3djPplD03Zk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>


I'm young (in my 40's) but I was raised around people with an ear for genius. There's a lot of talent out there but you have to search. The mainstream sucks and I don't know how it's gotten this bad.



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PostPosted: 12/14/18 10:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Genero36 wrote:
The mainstream sucks and I don't know how it's gotten this bad.


i'm sorry (for myself) that there's so little truly new music i like. i love that digging more thoroughly into the recordings back in the day always produces new gems, but i'm sad that, even in jazz, there's little new stuff to celebrate.



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