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Nina Simone
« on: May 16, 2017, 04:01:08 PM »
Nina Simone (/ˈniːnə sᵻˈmoʊn/; born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Simone employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Waymon aspired to be a concert pianist.  With the help of a few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

Waymon then applied for a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied despite a well-received audition. Waymon became fully convinced this rejection had been entirely due to her race, a statement that has been a matter of controversy. Years later, two days before her death, the Curtis Institute of Music bestowed on her an honorary degree.

To make a living, Eunice Waymon changed her name to "Nina Simone". The change related to her need to disguise herself from family members, having chosen to play "the devil's music"  or "cocktail piano" at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, and this effectively launched her career as a jazz vocalist.

Simone recorded more than forty albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974, and had a hit in the United States in 1958 with "I Loves You, Porgy".

Simone's musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.

Here is some of her work:

Blackbird   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LLkn-KLatY

Ain't Got No, I Got Life   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5jI9I03q8E

Take Me To The Water  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1xWFo8xEu8

To Love Somebody    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAz1eXFgQDs

I put a spell on you    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua2k52n_Bvw

Feeling Good   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Y11hwjMNs

Sinnerman   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH3Fx41Jpl4


Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsIyY86nCCU&list=PLYGoPw4xULmkeFFiBAu0U4zt3MM1V2NIB

Backlash Blues -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1e29ZfU7JE

Mississippi Goddam -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM

nina simone-montreux 1976 - how it feels to be free    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dlrXCYrNYI
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Re: Nina Simone
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2020, 05:54:47 PM »
Nina Simone - Stars/Feelings (Live at Montreux)      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTZCNUN4BXs&list=PLYGoPw4xULmlnV3HsvxbmVX67IiiVGilr&index=38

In 2018, Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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