Nina Simone
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1933-02-21
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Nina Simone

Nina Simone Biography (Wikipedia)

Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in 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, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of the 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. Simone 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 an honorary degree on Simone.

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.

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I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
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I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
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I Put A Spell On You
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I Put A Spell On You
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Ain't Got No, I Got Life
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Ain't Got No, I Got Life
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Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (Live In New York 1964)
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Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (Live In New York 1964)
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I Loves You Porgy
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I Loves You Porgy
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I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
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I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
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Mr. Bojangles
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Mr. Bojangles
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Wild Is The Wind
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Wild Is The Wind
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Get By (feat. Nina Simone)
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Get By (feat. Nina Simone)
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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
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Memphis In June
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Memphis In June
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Since I Fell For You
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Since I Fell For You
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Prom 45: Late Night with … Laura Mvula Proms 2014
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