Best Rhythm and Blues Recording 1964 went to the sultry song stylist Miss Nancy Wilson for her performance of “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am.”
Composed by Lou Harrison and Jimmy Williams, Miss Wilson made this song totally her own. I can’t imagine anyone else but her singing it as hers is the definitive version. This single not only ended Ray Charles’ four year R&B Grammy winning streak, but charted high on three Billboard music charts; #2 Adult Contemporary, #11 Pop and #11 R&B.
The single came from the Capitol Records Album release of the same name. The Album reached #4 on the Billboard Pop charts. In fact Miss Wilson was Capitol Records’ biggest selling artist until the Grammy winner of the Best New Artist of 1964, The Beatles, came to the USofA and stole her crown.
Miss Wilson has become a legend in her own lifetime and is still performing. I hope to see her when she comes to the Kennedy Center in the fall.
I also send my condolences to Miss Wilson on the passing of her husband of 35 years, The Reverend Wiley Burton, last week.
Please read a complete Biography of Miss Wilson and more at the Official Miss Nancy Wilson Web Site.
Thanks for listening to the music.
Please keep the classics alive.