Nina Simone

~ Person

Legal name: Eunice Kathleen Waymon

Wikipedia

Nina Simone (/ˈnnə sˈmn/; 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.

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.

Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license
Filter

Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1958 Little Girl Blue 8
1959 The Amazing Nina Simone 4
1961 Forbidden Fruit 3
1962 Nina Simone Sings Ellington 2
1964 Broadway Blues Ballads 7
1964 Folksy Nina 1
1965 I Put a Spell on You 5 5
1965 Pastel Blues 5
1966 Let It All Out 2
1966 Nina Simone With Strings 1
1966 Wild Is the Wind 5
1967 High Priestess of Soul 5
1967 Nina Simone Sings the Blues 6
1967 Silk & Soul 3
1969 Nina Simone and Piano! 3
1969 To Love Somebody 4
1971 Here Comes the Sun 1
1972 Nina Simone Sings Billie Holiday 1
1973 Gospel According to Nina Simone 1
1978 Baltimore 3
1979 A Very Rare Evening 1
1982 Fodder on My Wings 3
1982 My Baby Just Cares for Me (essentially her debut album Little Girl Blue with a new track order) 4
1988 Live & Kickin (Vol. 1) 1
1988 Nina’s Back 5
1990 In Concert / I Put a Spell on You 1
1990 Pastel Blues / Let It All Out 1
1990 Wild Is the Wind / High Priestess of Soul 1
1993 A Single Woman 2
1993 My Baby Cat 1
1997 Saga of the Good Life and Hard Times 1
1998 Forbidden Fruit / Nina Simone at Newport 1
1998 Folksy Nina / Nina With Strings 1
1998 The Amazing Nina Simone / Nina Simone at Town Hall 1
1998 To Love Somebody / Here Comes the Sun 1
1999 Gin House Blues: Nina Simone in Concert 1
1999 Let It Be Me 1
1999 Nina Simone & Piano! / Silk & Soul 1
2000 Sings Duke Ellington / At Carnegie Hall 1
2003 Sings the Standards 1
2004 Sings the Blues / ’Nuff Said 1
2004 The Jazz Biography 1
2005 Nina Simone for Lovers 1
2010 Trilogy (Little Girl Blue / The Amazing Nina Simone / At Town Hall) 1
2010 3 Originals (Little Girl Blue / The Amazing Nina Simone / Nina Simone at Town Hall) 1
2013 Love Me or Leave Me 1
My Baby Just Cares for Me (2-in-1 reissue of Little Girl Blue / The Amazing Nina Simone) 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1967 Ne me quitte pas 4
1970 The Best of Nina Simone 1
1970 The Best of Nina Simone (black cover) 2
1972 Ne me quitte pas 1
1987 My Baby Just Cares for Me 3
1988 Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood 1
1988 I Put a Spell on You 1
1988 The Nina Simone Collection: Her Golden Greats 1
1989 Mood Indigo 1
1989 My Way 1
1989 Nina Simone 1
1989 The 60's, Volume 1: Ne me quitte pas 1
1990 Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me 1
1991 The Blues 1
1991 Moon of Alabama 3
1993 The Best of "The Colpix Years" 2
1993 28 Great Songs 1
1993 Private Collection 1
1993 The Essential Nina Simone 1
1993 The Great Nina Simone 1
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 17 4 1
1994 Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone 4
1994 Diamond Star Collection 1
1994 Little Girl Blue 1
1994 My Baby Just Cares for Me 2
1994 The Essential Nina Simone, Volume 2 1
1995 Compact Jazz: Nina Simone 1
1995 After Hours 1
1996 Verve Jazz Masters 58: Nina Simone Sings Nina 1
1996 Anthology: The Colpix Years 1
1996 My Baby Just Cares for Me 1
1996 My Baby Just Cares for Me 1
1996 My Baby Just Cares for Me 2
1996 Nina Simone 1
1996 Released 1
1996 The Wonderful Music Of... 1
1997 Blue for You: The Very Best Of 1
1997 Nina Simone 1
1997 The Great Nina Simone 1
1997 Ultimate Nina Simone 1
1998 The Masters - 20 Classic Tracks 1
1998 Here Comes the Sun & Other Great Hits 1
1998 I Got Life and Many Others 1
1998 Sugar in My Bowl: The Very Best of Nina Simone 1967-1972 1
1999 The Essential Nina Simone 1
1999 Nina's Choice 1
1999 The Amazing... 1
1999 The Best of Nina Simone 1
2000 Night Song 2
2000 The Essential Nina Simone 1
2000 Nina Simone's Finest Hour 2
2000 Legendary Nina Simone 1
2000 Bittersweet: The Very Best of Nina Simone 1

Showing official release groups by this artist. Show all release groups instead, or show various artists release groups.