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Nina Simone

Nina Simone (Vocals)

Born: 21st February 1933, Tryon, North Carolina, USA

Died: 21st April 2003, Carry le Rouet, France

Nationality: American

Eunice Kathleen Waymon known professionally as Nina Simone (), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned styles including classical, folk, gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and pop.

The sixth of eight children born from 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 Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where, despite a well received audition, she was denied admission, which she attributed to racism.

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Recording of the Week, Nina Simone - You've Got To Learn

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of her birth, this newly-discovered recording of the High Priestess of Soul's performance at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival encapsulates the essence of Simone's unparalleled abilities and world-class talent.

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