Nina Simone


Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 - April 21, 2003) was a highly acclaimed singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and Civil Rights activist with a distinctive, expressive contralto. Her unique style fused gospel, pop, classical music, and jazz.

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • I Loves You, Porgy (1959)
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (1960)
  • Trouble In Mind (1961)
  • Do What You Gotta Do (1968)
  • Ain't Got No - I Got Life (1969)
  • To Be Young, Gifted And Black (1969)

Pop charts debut year: 1959

Years active: 1954-2003

Genres: R&B, jazz, blues, folk, soul, classical, gospel

Labels: Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips, RCA Victor, CTI, Legacy Recordings



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