Nina Simone

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Nina Simone /ˈniːnə sɨˈmoʊn/ (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Born the sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. Simone was later told by someone working at Curtis that she was rejected because she was black. When she began playing in a small club in Philadelphia to fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist she was required to sing as well. She was approached for a recording by Bethlehem Records, and her rendering of "I Loves You, Porgy" was a hit in the United States in 1958. Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958—when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue—and 1974.

Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical. Her intuitive grasp on the audience–performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years old.

In the early 1960s, she became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again. Simone's music was highly influential in the fight for equal rights in the United States. In later years, she lived abroad, finally settling in France in 1992. She received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2000 and was a fifteen-time Grammy Award nominee over the course of her career.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1958 Little Girl Blue 6
1959 The Amazing Nina Simone 4
1961 Forbidden Fruit 3
1962 Nina Simone Sings Ellington 2
1964 Broadway Blues Ballads 4
1964 Folksy Nina 1
1965 I Put a Spell on You 4
1965 Pastel Blues 2
1966 Let It All Out 2
1966 Nina Simone With Strings 1
1966 Wild Is the Wind 4
1967 High Priestess of Soul 3
1967 Nina Simone Sings the Blues 6
1967 Silk & Soul 3
1969 Nina Simone and Piano! 4
1969 To Love Somebody 4
1971 Here Comes the Sun 1
1972 Nina Simone Sings Billie Holiday 1
1972 Right On! 1
1973 Gospel According to Nina Simone 1
1978 Baltimore 2
1985 Nina's Back 3
1986 My baby just care for me 1
1987 My Baby Just Cares for Me 1
1988 Nina's Back 2
1990 In Concert / I Put a Spell on You 1
1990 Pastel Blues / Let It All Out 1
1993 A Single Woman 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 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
2005 Fodder on My Wings 1
2005 Nina Simone for Lovers 1
2010 Trilogy 1
Jazz as played in an exclusive side street club 1
My Babe Cat 1
My Baby Just Cares for Me 1
Nina Simone 1
Nina Simone 1
Porgy 1
Saga of the Good Life and Hard Times 1
The Amazing... 1
Wild Is the Wind - High Priestess of Soul 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1967 Ne me quitte pas Compilation 4

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