Nina Simone
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1933-02-21
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Nina Simone

Nina Simone Biography (Wikipedia)

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

The sixth of eight children born to a poor family in Tryon, North Carolina, Simone initially aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of a few supporters in her hometown, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She then applied for a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied admission despite a well-received audition, which she attributed to racial discrimination. In 2003, just days before her death, the Institute awarded her an honorary degree.

To make a living, Simone started playing piano at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She changed her name to "Nina Simone" to disguise herself from family members, having chosen to play "the devil's music" or so-called "cocktail piano". She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, which effectively launched her career as a jazz vocalist. She went on to record more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974, making her debut with the Little Girl Blue. She had a hit single in the United States in 1958 with "I Loves You, Porgy". Her musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.

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I Got Life Ain't Got No
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I Got Life Ain't Got No
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Little Liza Jane
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Little Liza Jane
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Feeling Good
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Feeling Good
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Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter
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Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter
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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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My Baby Just Cares For Me
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My Baby Just Cares For Me
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I Loves You Porgy
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I Loves You Porgy
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I'm Gonna Leave You
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I'm Gonna Leave You
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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 Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free
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I Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free
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Mr. Bojangles
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Mr. Bojangles
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July Tree
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July Tree
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Save Me
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Save Me
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I Put A Spell On You
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I Put A Spell On You
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My Baby Just Cares For Me (Radio Edit)
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My Baby Just Cares For Me (Radio Edit)
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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
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O-O-H Child
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O-O-H Child
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Sinnerman
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Sinnerman
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Ne Me Quitte Pas
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Ne Me Quitte Pas
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Mississippi Goddam
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Mississippi Goddam
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Proms 2014: Prom 45: Late Night with … Laura Mvula
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2014
Proms 2014: Prom 45: Late Night with … Laura Mvula

Proms 2014: Prom 45: Late Night with … Laura Mvula

Royal Albert Hall

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