EARLY LIFE

Nancy Sue Wilson was born on February 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio, the first of six children of Olden Wilson, an iron foundry worker, and Lillian Ryan, a maid. Wilson’s father would buy records to listen to at home. At an early age Wilson heard recordings from Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, and Jimmy Scott with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. Wilson says: “The juke joint down on the block had a great jukebox and there I heard Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker, Little Esther”. Wilson became aware of her talent while singing in church choirs, imitating singers as a young child, and performing in her grandmother’s house during summer visits. By the age of four, she knew she would eventually become a singer.

At the age of 15, now attending Columbus, Ohio’s West High School, Wilson won a talent contest sponsored by the local ABC television station WTVN. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, which she later hosted. She also worked clubs on the east side and north side of Columbus, Ohio, from the age of 15 until she graduated from West High School at age 17. Unsure of her future as an entertainer, she entered college to pursue teaching. She spent one year at Ohio’s Central State College (now Central State University) before dropping out and following her original ambitions. She auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956. She toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest in 1956 to 1958 While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.

SELECTED DISOGRAPHY

Like in Love (1959) | Something Wonderful (1960) | The Swingin’s Mutual! (with George Shearing) (1961) | Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley (1962) | Broadway – My Way (1963) | Hollywood – My Way (1963) | Yesterday’s Love Songs/Today’s Blues (1964) | Today, Tomorrow, Forever (1964) | The Nancy Wilson Show! (1965) | Tender Loving Care (1966) | Lush Life (1967) | Welcome to My Love (1967) | Hurt So Bad (1969) | But Beautiful (1971) | Life, Love and Harmony (1979) | Love, Nancy (1994) | A Nancy Wilson Christmas (2001) | R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) (2004) | Turned to Blue (2006)

TELEVISION

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TITLE

ROLE

EPISODE

1965
1966
1966
1967
1968
1970
1972
1973
1973
1974
1989
1989
1993-94
1995
1997
2001

Burke’s Law
I Spy
The Red SkeltonShow
The Red Skelton Show
That’s Life
Room 222
O’Hara, U.S. Treasury
Search
The F.B.I.
Police Story
It’s a Living
The Cosby Show
The Sindbad Show
The Parent ‘Hood’
The Parent ‘Hood”
The Parkers

Choo Choo
Lori
Singer/Store Detective
Singer/Dr. Cagney
Lillian Moore
Michelle Scott
Poppy Grant
Sugar Francis
Darlene Clark
Kelly Craig
Ivy Reynolds
Lorraine Kendall
Louise Bryan
Dr. Carolyn Plemmer
Elizabeth
Aunt Rita

“Who Killed Wimbledon Hastings?”
“Lori”
“The Bum Who Came in from the Cold”
“Clothes Make the Bum”
“Bachelor Days” & “How We Met”
“Play It Loose”
“Operation Rake-Off”
“The Mattson Papers”
“The Confession”
“World Full of Hurt”
“The Ginger’s Mother Show”
“Grampy and NuNu Visit the Huxtables”
9 episodes
“The Paw That Rocks the Cradle”
“Mother and Law”
“Family Ties and Lies”

FILMOGRAPHY

YEAR

TITLE

ROLE

1964
1983
1993
2005

The Killers
The Big Score
The Metor Man
The Nake Brothers Band: The Movie

Singer
Angie Hooks
Mrs. Laws
Herself

SOJP 11th Anniversary A Tribute to Nancy Sue Wilson

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