Tonight’s Sunday evening music...Nancy Wilson “Something Wonderful” on vinyl. This was Nancy Wilson’s second album, released in October 1960 (making this album 59 years old this year). It was released on Capitol Records and the orchestral arrangements were done by Billy May (who also arranged instrumental for other Capitol artists like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole). Though she wasn’t as well-known as other female vocal jazz singers, like Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday, Nancy Wilson had a career that last 5 decades. She died just about a year ago, on Dec. 13, 2018. She recorded over 70 albums. She actually grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio (a small city near Columbus). She was discovered by the Jazz great, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. When he discovered her in Ohio, he suggested she move to New York City. After she did, she got signed by the “Blue Morocco” night club to sing four nights a week. She later did an album with Adderley (which I will feature on a future music post). Probably the most well-known song on this album is “Guess Who I Saw Today”, a soulful, melancholy jazz piece with perfectly orchestrated subdued jazz instrumentals backing her up. Though Nancy wasn’t the first to cover this song, her version has become the standard. Her version of this song was released as a single prior to this album and was a major reason Capitol signed her. She was only 23 years old when she recorded this album.
Nothing like a little classic vocal jazz from the early 60s to relax with on a Sunday night with a glass of rum.
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