|Birth name||Gloria Wilson|
|Also known as||Gloria Alleyne (married name)|
November 23, 1929|
Harlem, New York City, U.S.
October 15, 2013 (aged 83)|
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Gloria Lynne (born Gloria Wilson; November 23, 1929 – October 15, 2013), also known as Gloria Alleyne, was an American jazz vocalist with a recording career spanning from 1958 to 2007.
Lynne was born in Harlem in 1929 to John and Mary Wilson, a gospel singer. She grew up in Harlem, and as a young girl, Lynne sang with the local African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Choir. At the age of 15, she won first prize at the Amateur Night contest at the Apollo Theater. She shared the stage with contemporary night club vocal ensembles as well as with Ella Fitzgerald, she recorded as part of such groups as the Enchanters and the Dell-Tones, in the 1950s. She recorded as a soloist under her birth name, though most of her work was released under her stage name on the Everest and Fontana labels. In 1958, she was signed to Everest.
Although showing much promise early on, especially after TV appearances, including the Harry Belafonte Spectacular, her development suffered through poor management. Some unscrupulous recording 'executives' profited while she was left virtually penniless, saved by the fact that she was able to work steadily and earn her money from performances — a victim of unpaid royalties.
In the 1960s, she had several hits including "June Night", "Love I Found You", "I'm Glad There Is You", 1964's "I Wish You Love", which became her signature song, and "You Don't Have To Be a Tower of Strength", her answer to Gene McDaniels's "Tower of Strength" and a pop hit that proved how versatile she could be in the studio. After her time with Everest Records, she moved back to Fontana and recorded such albums as Soul Serenade, Love And A Woman, Where It's At, and Here, There And Everywhere, demonstrating her versatility in jazz, RnB, soul and melodic "pop."
During her earlier years on the road, Lynne shared bills with RnB, jazz, traditional pop music, and pop singers including Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald. TV specials include two with Harry Belafonte and duets with Billy Eckstine. As Lynne moved into jazz in her later career she performed with many jazz musicians, including Quincy Jones, Bobby Timmons, Philly Joe Jones, Harry "Sweets" Edison.
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 recognition 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). On May 6, 2008, Lynne was presented with a special award for "Outstanding Achievement In Jazz", at the New York MAC Awards. On October 22, 2010, she was honored at New York's Schomburg Library, for her many contributions to the music industry and the world by Great Women In Music and its founder Roz Nixon. Roz Nixon Entertainment worked successfully with Lynne throughout her final years, producing, co-producing or participating in making the arrangements for Ms. Lynne's appearances pertaining to her last concerts or significant events.
|1961||"The Jazz in You"||109||—||Everest|
|"He Needs Me"||111||—|
|"You Don't Have To Be A Tower Of Strength"||100||—|
|1964||"I Wish You Love"||28||3|
|"I Should Care"||64||47|
|"Be Anything (But Be Mine)"||88||40||Fontana|
|"Don't Take Your Love From Me"||76||—||Everest|
As a member of the Dell Tones
|1953||Yours Alone/My Heart's On Fire||Brunswick||45 r.p.m.||84015|
|1954||Little Short Daddy/I'm Not In Love With You||Rainbow||45 r.p.m.||244|
|1954||When I Say My Prayer/The Uncloudy Day||Josie||45 r.p.m.||767|
|But Not For Me/Just In Time||19308|
|1960||Be My Love/My Prayer For You||19326|
|Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe/My Reverie||19337|
|Am I Blue/Little Girl Blue||19346|
|They Didn't Believe Me/Without A Song||19347|
|Gypsy Boy/Recommended To Love||19367|
|Condemned Without Trial/Dreamy||19373|
|The Jazz In You/Love, I've Found You||19390|
|1961||He Needs Me/The Lamp Is Low||19409|
|Impossible/This Little Boy Of Mine||19418|
|You Don't Have To Be A Tower Of Strength/I Will Follow You||19428|
|1962||And This Is My Beloved/I'm Glad There Is You||19431|
|I Know Love/It Just Happened To Me||2008|
|1963||I'll Buy You A Star/Record Company Blues||2023|
|Humming Blues/Stormy Monday Blues||2030|
|1964||I Wish You Love/Through A Long And Sleepless Night||2036|
|I Should Care/Indian Love Call||2042|
|Don't Take Your Love From Me/You Don't Know What Love Is||2044|
|Serenade In Blue/Without A Song||2047|
|On Christmas Day/Wouldn't It Be Loverly||2051|
|1965||Fly My To The Moon/The Night Has A Thousand Eyes||2055|
|Out Of This World/Squeeze Me||2058|
|Lonely Street/Try A Little Tenderness||2059|
|Folks Who Live On The Hill/That's A Joy||2061|
|My Devotion/I'm Glad There Is You||2062|
|1959||Little Boy Blues/Way Beyond The Hills||Seeco||6037|
|1961||Is There Someone For Me/I'm Not Afraid Anymore||6077|
|1964||Be Anything (But Be Mine)/Soul Serenade||Fontana||1890|
|1965||The Touch Of Your Lips/Intimate Moments||1507|
|Watermelon Man/All Alone||1511|
|1966||Sometimes It Be's That Way/Speaking Of Happiness||1538|
|Strangers In The Night/Hey, Candy Man||1554|
|Money Machine/I Got What You Want||1560|
|1967||Love Is/It's Not The Truth||1567|
|Foolish Dreamer/I Can't Stand It||1594|
|1968||Down Here On The Ground/I've Never Been Loved Before||1617|
|The Guy Who Lived Up There/Hold Back The Dawn||1627|
|1969||I've Got To Be Someone/Problem Child||1639|
|Darlin'/No Easy Way Down||1660|
|Hold It/Untouched By Human Love||1674|
|1966||I Wish You Love/A Long Long Story||Hi Fi||5103|
|1970||If You Don't Get It Yourself/Love's Finally Found Me||Canyon||36|
|Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong/Take You All The Way||Roker||504|
|1972||Never My Love/Summer Knows||Mercury||73267|
|Just Let Me Be Me/Kickin' Life||73294|
|1976||Out Of This World/Thank You, Early Bird||Impulse||31003|
|1958||Miss Gloria Lynne (with Wild Bill Davis and His Group)||Everest||LP||BR-5022|
|1959||Lonely And Sentimental||BR-5063|
|1960||Try A Little Tenderness||BR-5090|
|Day In, Day Out (with Ernie Wilkins and His Orchestra)||BR-5101|
|1961||I'm Glad There Is You||BR-5126|
|He Needs Me||BR-5128|
|This Little Boy Of Mine||BR-5131|
|1962||Gloria Lynne At Basin Street East (with the Earl May Trio)||BR-5137|
|Gloria Blue (compilation)||BR-5203|
|1963||Gloria Lynne At The Las Vegas Thunderbird (with the Herman Foster Trio)||BR-5208|
|Gloria, Marty & Strings (with Marty Paich)||BR-5220|
|1964||I Wish You Love (compilation)||BR-5226|
|Glorious (reissue of Miss Gloria Lynne)||BR-5228|
|After Hours (reissue of Lonely And Sentimental)||BR-5230|
|The Best Of Gloria Lynne (compilation)||BR-5231|
|Love And A Woman||SRF-67546|
|1966||Go! Go! Go! (reissue of Day In, Day Out)||Everest||BR-5237|
|Where It's At||Fontana||SRF-67555|
|The Other Side Of Gloria Lynne||SRF-67571|
|1968||Here, There & Everywhere||SRF-67577|
|1969||The Best Of Gloria Lynne (compilation)||SRF-67589|
|1970||Happy And In Love||Canyon||7709|
|1972||A Very Gentle Sound||Mercury||SRM-1-633|
|1977||Love's Finally Found Me (with Stanley Turrentine)||Versatile||NED-1122|
|1993||No Detour Ahead||Muse||CD||MR-5414|
|1994||A Time for Love|
- Gloria Lynne obituary, New York Times, October 19, 2013.
- Yanow, Scott. "Gloria Lynne". allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Billboard Magazine, December 1, 1958, p. 7.
- David Hinckley. New York Daily News, May 26, 2004.
- Billboard Magazine, November 28, 1960, p. 14.
- "Dany Doriz". Trumpetsjazz.com. July 25, 1995. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- Remarks by the Hon. John Conyers Jr., Congressional Record, Extension of Remarks Vol. 153, Pt. 10, May 22, 2007, p. 13571.
- "Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne dies at 83". CNN. October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
- Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 96.