That Time Nancy Wilson Slayed On ‘The Cosby Show’

That Time Nancy Wilson Slayed On ‘The Cosby Show’

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson died Thursday night after battling an undisclosed illness at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., per the AP. She made a lot of celebrity friends and fans along the way, many of whom paid tribute to her Friday. The two were having a playful discussion about James Moody's jazz standard, "I'm in the Mood for Love", and begin signing it when Wilson, accompanied by Phylicia Rashad's Clair Huxtable, strides onto the set, flashed her signature smile and belted out the rest of the song's lyrics. "I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her lovely voice in person", he wrote.

However, there was another role that Wilson carved out during her lifetime: an actress. "Willowy, tawny, perfectly featured and somehow kissed by ice, she seems sometimes too attractive for the consistently fey interpretation she gives to the lyrics of her songs". "I just never considered myself a jazz singer". It landed her a Grammy Award for best R&B recording.

Writing about her in 1964, Time magazine said her records should be filed under "See Fitzgerald, Ella, Heir Apparent To".

Wilson stayed up on contemporary music in her later years and was not a snob about modern pop.

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.

Her first marriage was to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970.

Nancy Wilson was a lot of things to many people: a daughter; a mother; a wife. She had three children. "Willowy, tawny, perfectly featured and somehow kissed by ice, she seems sometimes too lovely for the consistently fey interpretation she gives to the lyrics of her songs".

"It took me years to know what that question was about". When she turned 70, in 2007, she was guest of honor at a Carnegie Hall gala.

GREENE: Wilson's career spanned over five decades.

"What we are trying to do around this music is preserve the history of it", Ashby said. There will be no funeral service, as per her wishes, a family statement said.

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