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.

Gloria Lynne
Birth nameGloria Wilson
Also known asGloria Alleyne (married name)
Born(1929-11-23)November 23, 1929
Harlem, New York City, U.S.
DiedOctober 15, 2013(2013-10-15) (aged 83)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1958–2007
LabelsEverest, ABC


Lynne was born in Harlem in 1929 to John and Mary Wilson, a gospel singer.[1][2] 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.[3]

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 - a victim of unpaid royalties - and only saved by the fact that she was able to work steadily and earn her money from live performances.[4]

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.[5] Her final recording was "I Wish It Would Snow" featuring Bucky Pizzarelli. The song was featured in the 2014 Lifetime movie 'Seasons of Love' starring Gladys Knight and Taraji P. Henson.

She 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".[6]


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).[7] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

She and her husband, Harry Alleyne, had a son, Richard. Gloria and Richard Alleyne ran a production company, Family Bread Music Inc.[7]


She died of a heart attack on October 15, 2013, in Newark, New Jersey, at the age of 83.[8]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Gloria Lynne among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[9]

Charted singlesEdit

Year Single Chart Positions Label
1961 "The Jazz in You" 109 Everest
"He Needs Me" 111
"Impossible" 95 16
"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
1965 "Watermelon Man" 62 8 Fontana


As a member of the Dell TonesEdit

Recorded Title Label Format Catalogue No.
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


Recorded Title Label Format Catalogue No.
1954 When I Say My Prayer/The Uncloudy Day Josie 45 r.p.m. 767
1959 June Night/Perdido Everest 19303
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
June Night/Perdido 19343
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
Whisperers/I Understand 1523
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

2012 I Wish It Would Snow (LC Wells, LC Wells Music, LLC) [12]


Recorded Title Label Format Catalogue No.
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
1964 Intimate Moments Fontana SRF-67528
1965 Soul Serenade SRF-67541
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
1967 Gloria SRF-67561
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 MR-5381
1997 This One's On Me HighNote HCD 7015
2007 From My Heart to Yours HCD 7162


  1. ^ Gloria Lynne obituary, New York Times, October 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Gloria Lynne". allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Billboard Magazine, December 1, 1958, p. 7.
  4. ^ David Hinckley. New York Daily News, May 26, 2004.
  5. ^ Billboard Magazine, November 28, 1960, p. 14.
  6. ^ "Dany Doriz". July 25, 1995. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Remarks by the Hon. John Conyers Jr., Congressional Record, Extension of Remarks Vol. 153, Pt. 10, May 22, 2007, p. 13571.
  8. ^ "Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne dies at 83". CNN. October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  9. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 96.
  12. ^

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