Happy Birthday Nina Simone: February 21st 1933 – April 21st 2003

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Today is the 78th anniversary of legendary jazz vocalist Nina Simone‘s birth. Aside from possessing some serious vocal ability, Nina was also a pianist, songwriter, arranger, and a civil rights activist. Ms Simone’s musical influence is acknowledged pan-genre, across all musical landscapes, with Aretha Franklin, Muse, Michael Buble and Roberta Flack amongst just some of the artists who have covered her songs, and most present day stars citing her as a key influence.

Reminisce with just a few of my favourite commercial Nina Simone tracks:

“My Baby Just Cares For Me” – 1958:

“I Put A Spell On You” – 1965:

“Feeling Good” – 1965:

“Four Women” – Live in 1966: