Nancy Wilson, legend of jazz award-winning and whose career spanned decades, has died at the age of 81 years. She died Thursday in California of the suites of a long illness, reported a press release published on its website.

“It was one of the few melodies voice to know everything, said his agent Will have to Lobby Levy to Reuters. Jazz, blues, pop and even funk. She could do it all.”

Its title as the most well-known, (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am , released in 1964, earned him a Grammy Award for best Rhythm & Blues of the year. She has also won two other Grammy awards, which reward the best american artists, in 2005 and 2007.

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Wilson knew since childhood what she wanted to do with his life. “I’ve just always sung. (…) I thank God for it and I do it, simply”, she had said to the public radio NPR in 1994. His stamp of unique voice she has been compared by several musical critics to Ella Fitzgerald, of whom it was said that she was the heiress. Among her musical influences, she cited in particular the pianist Nat King Cole.

● Video archive from the Ina – Nancy WIlson singing How Glad I Am: