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Nancy Wilson Dazzling at 80; Her Hollywood Friends Help Her Celebrate (EUR Exclusive)

Cheers to Nancy Wilson 80 (2)
Nancy Wilson’s 80th Birthday was celebrated in grand style in Hollywood 2/20/17

*Nancy Wilson is best described as a legendary entertainer, a jazz icon and the epitome of style and class.

On Monday, February 20 (2017) at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, Ms. Wilson was feted with a birthday celebration fit for a queen.

Dancers from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy delighted the crowd with elegant choreography.   Jonathan Slocumb and Dawn Lewis served as hosts for the soiree that was presented by Edward Roebuck, long time road manager for Ms. Wilson.

The lady of the hour looked ravishing in a ruby red gown and she glowed with grace.  In attendance for the 3 time Grammy Award winner were her family and long time friends Merri Dee (media legend), Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Susan Taylor (Formerly of Essence Magazine), Kephra Burns, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Clifton Davis, Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Marla Gibbs, Robert Hooks, Anna Maria Horseford, Arsenio Hall, Eloise Laws, Andre’ James, Allison Williams and many more.

Former Essence Magazine Editor Susan Taylor flew across the country to be with Ms. Nancy Wilson for her 80th birthday party. It was a day of loving tributes.
Former Essence Magazine Editor Susan Taylor flew across the country to be with Ms. Nancy Wilson for her 80th birthday party. It was a day of loving tributes.

Merri Dee, Carmen Lundy, Dawn Lewis, Howard Hewitt, Nancy Wilson, Eloise Laws. 2nd Row: Dionne Warwick, Andre' James, Regina Bell, Freda Payne, Mary Wilson at Nancy Wilson's 80th. Feb. 20th 2017 Hollywood
Merri Dee, Carmen Lundy, Dawn Lewis, Howard Hewitt, Nancy Wilson, Eloise Laws. 2nd Row: Dionne Warwick, Andre’ James, Regina Bell, Freda Payne, Mary Wilson at Nancy Wilson’s 80th. Feb. 20th 2017 Hollywood

TV Stars Clifton Davis, Jr., Marla Gibbs and Anna Maria Horsford arrive at the Taglyan Cultural Center for Nancy Wilson's 80th Birthday Bash 2/20/2017
TV Stars Clifton Davis, Jr., Marla Gibbs and Anna Maria Horsford arrive at the Taglyan Cultural Center for Nancy Wilson’s 80th Birthday Bash 2/20/2017

Nancy Wilson made her debut on Capitol Records in 1960 when she recorded Guess Who I Saw Today. She nabbed a Grammy in 1964 for Best New Artist.  In the same year she soared to the top of the charts with How Glad I Am.

Ms. Wilson recorded and toured consistently for the next four decades. In 1999 she was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame and in 2004 Ms. Wilson received the Jazz Masters Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Nancy Wilson’s current discography exceeds 50 albums.

These days Ms. Wilson enjoys private life with her family at a lovely estate in Southern California.

Photo credits: Curtis R. Dowd, Jr. and Valerie Goodlow  #NancyWilson80

 

LaRita Shelbyhttp://www.RitaShelby.com
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as Director of Digital Strategy and Sales at EURweb.com. Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I am indeed thankful for the honor of listening to “The Fancy Ms. Nancy”, for many, many years! She has ALWAYS captured through musical interpretation the story line of each song. She lives the words and expressions she shares. You Feel the emotion in each song she performs! My all time FAVORITE album from the world renown Great, Ms. Nancy: “Gentle Is My Love”.,.. I could Listen to that that album/CD once every day. You once, Ms. Wilson, came to Compton High School, I was there in the audience, I think in 1965. You have been and Will ALWAYS BE, one of The Most Beautiful and Classiest Women in the World, regardless of any race, nationality..I write poetry, perhaps I might write poem about; but Only with your permission, of course. I most certainly hope you enjoyed yourself with so many people coming to see you on your special day. Sincerely, Robert C.

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