Nancy Wilson, the self-titled ‘song-stylist’ of jazz, funk and R&B, passed away Thursday at the age of 81.
Wilson was a three-time Grammy-winner for her work in jazz and rhythm and blues, winning for best Rhythm and Blues Recording in 1965 for “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” and winning for best Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2005 and 2007 for Turned to Blue and R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal).
“She was one of those rare vocalists who could do it all,” Wilson’s publicist Devra Hall Levy told Reuters. “Jazz, blues, pop and even funk. She did it all.”
In 2005 Wilson was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, commemorating her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.