Grammy-Winning Singer Nancy Wilson Dies at 81
Nancy Sue Wilson, the award-winning singer who lent her vocal instrument to the world for over five decades, has died at the age of 81. Wilson’s publicist confirmed that the iconic singer died at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., on Thursday following a long illness, according to Deadline. A specific cause of death hasn’t been disclosed.
Wilson was born on February 20, 1937 in Chillcote, Ohio, and began her singing journey in church. After winning a talent contest in high school, Wilson toured Ohio and later moved to New York at the recommendation of Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley. She would later record several prominent albums with the acclaimed jazz alto saxophonist.