Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Real Name:
Eunice Kathleen Waymon
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American singer, songwriter, pianist.

Born: 21 February 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA.
Died: 21 April 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (aged 70).

Nina was giving piano recitals after playing at her local church at an early age. Her childhood piano lessons were funded by her mother's employer and a local fund set up by her music teacher, so impressed were they by her talent.

She moved to Philadelphia aged 17, teaching piano and playing to raise the money for her studies at New York's renowned Juilliard School Of Music. To fund her family she worked in a bar in Atlantic City where she was also required to sing and built up a devoted following.

She recorded Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy" which became a US Top 40 hit and transported her to a bigger stage, performing at Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Her repertoire went on to embrace numerous Civil Rights anthems, a movement for which she was a passionate and prominent supporter. She left the US in the 1970s, moving first to Barbados, and some other places, including Africa and the Netherlands, before eventually settling in France where she died from cancer in 2003.

Nina's voice drew heavily on other music forms. It was infused with gospel, blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and folk. And it found a wider audience late in her life when "My Baby Just Cares For Me" became an unlikely UK chart hit when it featured in a TV ad campaign.

In fact her music stayed very popular with advertisers as her tracks have been used to promote a multitude of products on TV, including yoghurt ("Ain't Got No (I Got Life)"), Diet Coke ("I Put A Spell On You"), cars ("Sinnerman"), fabric conditioner ("Feeling Good"), and perfume ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), et al.
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Nina Simone Discography

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Nina Simone Little Girl Blue (Album, Comp) Bethlehem Records, Bethlehem Records Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Nina Simone The Amazing Nina Simone (Album) Colpix Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Nina Simone At Town Hall (Album) Colpix Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Nina At Newport (Album) Colpix Records Australia 1960 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Forbidden Fruit (Album) Colpix Records New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Nina Simone Sings Ellington (Album) Colpix Records US 1962 Sell This Version
Nina Simone At The Village Gate (Album) Colpix Records US 1962 Sell This Version
Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall (Album) Colpix Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Nina Simone With George Wallington Nina Simone With George Wallington - Starring Nina Simone With George Wallington Spin-O-Rama US 1964 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Broadway - Blues - Ballads (Album) Philips Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Live Coronet Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Nina Simone In Concert (Album) Philips UK 1964 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Folksy Nina (Album) Colpix Records US 1964 Sell This Version
AS 104 Gloria Lynne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday Gloria Lynne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday - Serenade Of Soul (LP) Almor Records AS 104 US 1964 Sell This Version
PST-802 Nina Simone The Second Album(LP) Palace (2) PST-802 US 1964 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Pastel Blues (Album) Philips Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Let It All Out (Album) Philips Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You (Album) Philips Canada 1965 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Nina Simone With Strings (Album) Colpix Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Wild Is The Wind (Album) Philips US 1966 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Nina Simone Sings The Blues (Album) RCA Victor Germany 1967 Sell This Version
Nina Simone Silk & Soul (Album) RCA Victor France 1967 Sell This Version
Nina Simone High Priestess Of Soul (Album, Comp) Philips UK 1966 Sell This Version
Nina Simone 'Nuff Said! (Album) RCA Victor France 1968 Sell This Version
Nina Simone To Love Somebody (Album) RCA Victor France 1969 Sell This Version

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dimebucker

dimebucker

February 22, 2015
Can you get anything from: Live At Montreux 1976 ‎on vinyl??
hortonjupiter

hortonjupiter

February 4, 2014
She's just point blank the greatest singer of all time, and a devil at the pianna. There are singers, there are Singers, and there are SINGERS. And none of them can touch her, Nina flies a trillion miles high above the rest. The one time i was privileged to hear her sing and play i was sitting behind Nick Cave....you shoulda seen the look on that boys face!
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

December 16, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
There was truly no one like Nina Simone. Many of the finest artist that lived did not have a specific style labeled to them. Simone truly was one, although you could easily dismiss her as a jazz artist. To me, she however outgrew that trademark pretty quickly.
Like Elvis Presley, she wrote few songs of herself. But while Aretha Franklin for instance took Otis Redding´s R.e.s.p.e.c.t and pretty much made it her own, Nina on the other hand took way more of other tracks and did the same. Dambalah by Exuma for instance. The original is a very folksy and livid tune, Nina simply stripped it down to a dark hymn and created this intense message instead. Listening through her albums and then tracking down the originals and you will see, Nina took them and re-invented them. Many times i just prefer her versions. She simply marvelled at it.
She also released plenty of live material. Im pretty glad she did, because ultimately, she was better on stage than on studio. Often bringing plenty humour with her repertoire, sometimes acting crazy and hard to understand (She was rumoured to be Bi-Polar anyways). Check her first Montreux performance on You Tube for some of that.
She has been a huge inspiration to me despite her sad turmoils in life. But since the first track of Ellingtons´s "Mood Indigo" that kicks your teeth in, to her deep explorations into african slave hymns, and civil rights movement. She was a tour de force most the time.
Forever Nina Simone.

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