(FILES) In this file photo Singer Nancy Wilson performs live onstage at the 17th Annual NEA Jazz Masters awards and concert January 12, 2007 in New York City. - Nancy Wilson, an award-winning jazz singer died December 13, 2018 at her home in Pioneertown, California at the age of 81. (Photo by Bryan Bedder / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

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Jazz Legend, Nancy Wilson Dies at Age 81


The Grammy-winning singer, Nancy Wilson who performed everything from jazz ballads to pop songs during a career spanning decades, has died at the age of 81.

She died Thursday in California after a long illness, her manager Devra Hall Levy said.

Wilson’s biggest hit was “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” in 1964. It earned her a Grammy award for best R&B recording.

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(FILES) In this file photo Singer Nancy Wilson performs live onstage at the 17th Annual NEA Jazz Masters awards and concert January 12, 2007 in New York City. – Nancy Wilson, an award-winning jazz singer died December 13, 2018 at her home in Pioneertown, California at the age of 81. (Photo by Bryan Bedder / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

She also won a Grammy in 2005 and 2007.

Wilson once said she knew from a very early age what she would do in life.

“I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it,” she NPR radio in 1994.

She said the musical influences in her life included Nat “King” Cole.

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