*Legendary jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne has died. She was 83.
The New York City born and bred singer, most know for the ballad “I Wish You Love,” succumbed to a heart attack Tuesday night at Columbus Rehabilitation Center in Newark, reports the NY Daily News.
Born in 1929, Lynne started singing in church and got an early break by winning first prize at the Apollo Theater’s legendary amateur concert at age 15.
Lynne first came to national attention by appearing on Harry Belafonte’s “Strolling ‘20s” TV special in 1966. It featured her erudite performance along with ones by stars from Duke Ellington to Sammy Davis Jr.
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She famously wrote lyrics for “Watermelon Man” with Herbie Hancock, and “All Day Long” with Kenny Burrell. New York City proclaimed July 25, 1995 as Gloria Lynne Day. In 1996 Lynne received the International Women of Jazz Award and she was honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1997. Other awards and recognitions include the National Treasure Award from the Seasoned Citizens Theatre Company (2003); induction into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame; Living Legend Award from the State of Pennsylvania (2007).
In June 2007 High Note Records released the CD From My Heart To Yours, a musical journey from James Taylor (“The Secret O’ Life”), Michel Legrand (“How Do You Keep The Music Playing”) and styling on classics like “It’s Magic”. Lynne continued to record and write near her home in New York. In February 2008 British writer/performer Graham Hunter published the first of a six-part feature and rare interview with Lynne in the UK Beat Magazine, renewing interest in the soul singer/songwriter.
On May 6, 2008, Gloria Lynne was presented with a special award for ‘Outstanding Achievement In Jazz’ at the New York MAC Awards and on October 22, 2010 she was honored at the Schomburg Library in NYC by Great Women In Music founder Roz Nixon for her many contributions to the music industry and the world.
Along with her son Richard Alleyne, Lynne was involved in their production company Family Bread Music Inc.
Listen to Lynne’s classic “I Wish You Love”: