On my first trip to Garnick’s I really wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into. I figured it may be a place to find hidden gems but had no idea what I’d find.
My roommate asked for Nina Simone and we were instantly handed this while one of the owners left to find Nina. The price was right and we picked this up while putting Nina on hold for the week. After moving last summer and the roomie’s illness, we hadn’t actually gotten around to hooking up our record player. Pathetic, I know, but we’re also of the digital era so it wasn’t like I was going without music! We listened to Nancy’s album today after setting everything up. I’ll admit, I was not familiar with Nancy Wilson before but now, I’m in love.
Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a “consummate actress”; and “the complete entertainer.” The title she prefers, however, is song stylist.
Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues, with the hit R&B song “Save Your Love for Me.” In 1962, she collaborated with Cannonball Adderley, producing the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, which propelled her to national prominence.
Between March 1964 and June 1965, four of Wilson’s albums hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top LPs chart. In 1963 “Tell Me The Truth” became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast. In 1964 Wilson released what became her most successful hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am”, which peaked at No. 11.
After making numerous television guest appearances, Wilson eventually got her own series on NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show (1967–1968), which won an Emmy in 1975. In the 1980s, she recorded five albums for Japanese labels because she preferred recording live, and American labels frequently did not give her that option. She gained such wide popularity that she was selected as the winner of the annual Tokyo Song Festivals.
In the early 1990s, Wilson recorded an album paying tribute to Johnny Mercer with co-producer Barry Manilow entitled With My Lover Beside Me. In this decade she also recorded two other albums, Love, Nancy and her sixtieth album If I Had it My Way. In the late 1990s, she teamed up with MCG Jazz, a youth-education program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, nonprofit, minority-directed, arts and learning organization located in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1999, she hosted a show in honor of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Forever Ella. All the proceeds from 2001′s A Nancy Wilson Christmas went to support the work of MCG Jazz.
Gentle Is My Love
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
There Will Never Be Another You
If Love Is Good To Me
My One and Only Love
Funnier Than Funny
Gentle Is My Love
At Long Last Love
Time After Time
If I Ever Would Leave You
When He Makes Music