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Nina Simone – Here comes the sun, 4 Men with Beards

1971’s Here Comes The Sun follows the success of her previous studio album, To Love Somebody, with another batch of pop songs, from the Beatles and Dylan to Jerry Jeff Walker and Paul Anka.

Fantastic new and adventurous arrangements, along with Nina Simone’s unique vocal interpretations, keep this from just being a covers record.”

Nina Simone

Nina SimoneNina was giving piano recitals after playing at her local church at an early age. Her childhood piano lessons were funded by her mother’s employer and a local fund set up by her music teacher, so impressed were they by her talent. She moved to Philadelphia aged 17, teaching piano and playing to raise the money for her studies at New York’s renowned Juilliard School of Music. To fund her family she worked in a bar in Atlantic City where she was also required to sing and built up a devoted following. She recorded Gershwin’s ‘I Loves You Porgy’ which became a US top 40 hit and transported her to a bigger stage, performing at Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival. Her repertoire went on to embrace numerous Civil Rights anthems, a movement for which she was a passionate and prominent supporter. She left the US in the 1970s, moving first to Barbados and then eventually settling in France where she died from cancer in 2003.

Nina’s was a voice drew heavily on other music forms: it was infused with gospel, blues and soul. And it found a wider audience late in her life when ‘My Baby…’ became an unlikely UK chart hit when it featured in a TV ad campaign.
Her music stayed very popular with advertisers as her tracks have been used to promote yoghurt [Ain’t Got No (I Got Life)], Diet Coke (I Put A Spell On You), cars (Sinnerman), fabric conditioner (Feeling Good) and perfume (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood).



Nina Simone – Funkier than a Mosquito´s Tweeter, RCA

Episode02 Soul

1. Nina Simone – Funkier than a Mosquito´s Tweeter, RCA
2. Allen A. Jones – FreakshOW on the dance floor, Polygram
3. Sidney, George and Jackie – Papa was a Rolling Stone, White
4. Derrick Harriott – Brown Baby, Trojan Records
5. Paris Connection – Who´s that Lady, White
6. Prince Buster – Girl, why don´t you answer, White
7. Cortijo Y Su Maquina Del Tiempo – Gumbo, White
8. Cortijo Y Su Maquina Del Tiempo – Carnaval, White
9. Jack McDuff – Hunk O´Funk, Harmless
10. Ashery and Blue Black of the Unspoken heard – Clean, 7heads
11. Exit 9 – Miss Funky Fox, Harmless
12. Simon Lee & Raj Gupta – Azteca, Unknown

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