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. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Bryan Bedder)
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Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to "Little Green Apples" and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts.Wilson's dozens of albums included a celebrated collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, "Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley," a small group setting which understandably could be called jazz; "Broadway -- My Way"; "Lush Life"; and "The Nancy Wilson Show!" a best-selling concert recording.Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including "Hawaii Five-O," "Police Story," the Robert Townshend spoof "Meteor Man" and years hosting NPR's "Jazz Profiles" series. Wilson was married twice -- to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008 . Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, the eldest of six children of an iron foundry worker and a maid, Wilson sang in church as a girl and by age 4 had decided on her profession.
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