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Videos: Nancy Wilson in '66

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At her vocal peak in 1966, Nancy Wilson was the very picture of grace and artistic command. Her jazzy vocal style added a soulful flavor to pop songs of the day and her range and phrasing were  masterful. Today, as great as her albums are, they don't give you the full scope of what makes Nancy special. To fully appreciate her gifts, you have to see Nancy in action. One can only imagine what she was like in '66 at places like The Coconut Grove. Fully formed, Nancy was was a pure video star, much like Peggy Lee—a charismatic singer who understood the camera and how to knock out viewers on the other end of the lens. Yesterday I watched a bunch of videos of Nancy in '66 and thought I'd share them with you.

Here are five videos of Nancy in 1966 and one bonus video...

Here's Nancy on The Danny Kaye Show. Dig the band behind her, especially the drummer...



Here's Nancy on TV's I Spy singing The Song Is You...



Here she is on the same show, singing When Did You Leave Heaven...



Here's Nancy singing on the Sound of Ravinia (move the time bar to 25:15). Ravinia is a 36-acre park in Highland Park, Ill., that remains the nation's oldest outdoor music festival...



Here's Nancy with Andy Willaims on The Andy Williams Show...



And here's Nancy on TV's Hawaii Five 0, not in '66 but in '70. to remind us what a superb dramatic actress she was as well...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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