Simone, Nina [Waymon, Eunice Kathleen ]
- Mark Anthony Neal
[Waymon, Eunice Kathleen ]
(b Tryon, NC, Feb 21, 1933; Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, April 21, 2003). American jazz singer, pianist, and activist. Born into a highly religious family, Simone was the sixth of eight children. Simone began to exhibit a talent for the piano in her youth and studied at the Juilliard School after high school. Though intending initially to pursue a career in classical music, Simone started playing jazz and singing to support her studies. She released her first album Little Girl Blue on the Bethlehem label in 1958, which includes her first big hit, “My baby cares for me,” later featured in a Chanel ad campaign. After two recordings with Bethlehem, Simone signed with Colpix Records, for whom she recorded nine in-studio and live recordings.
The release of Nina Simone in Concert (her first for the Phillips label), recorded over three nights at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 1964...