1964 Gloria Lynne – I Wish You Love
Gloria Wilson grew up in Harlem and began singing in her local African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Choir. She was only fifteen years old when she performed at the Apollo Theater and won first prize in their amateur contest.
She began appearing in shows and recorded at least ten singles, beginning in 1961. As was all too commonplace for young singers in that era, she got very little money for all her hard work.
Léo Chauliac and Charles Trenet wrote the music and Charles wrote the lyrics for the popular French song Que reste-t-il de nos amours in the early forties. Albert Askew Beach wrote new lyrics in English, and Bing Crosby performed the song on his radio show in 1956.
You are most likely to recognize the song by its first line: “I wish you bluebirds, in the Spring.”
Keely Smith recorded I Wish You Love as the title song for her first solo album in 1957 and received a nomination for a Grammy award.
Gloria recorded the song and in 1964, her single peaked at #28 on the Hot 100. It also reached the top five on the Cashbox R&B chart (Billboard did not publish an R&B chart for a few years in the sixties).
The song eventually became a standard and a who’s who of jazz singers still continues to record it.
Unfortunately, Gloria never reached the top forty again, and even stopped recording and performing for a long time after the British Invasion in the mid-sixties. She returned to performing regularly in the early eighties and regained an audience.
Her accomplishments in jazz slowly became more prominent, and she received the International Women of Jazz Award in 1996 and a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1997.
Gloria died at the age of 83 after a heart attack in 2013.
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