Simone, Nina, 1933-2003

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Nina Simone (b. Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Feb. 21, 1933, Tryon, NC–d. April 21, 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, France) began playing piano at the age three. In 1950 she studied at the Julliard School as a student of Carl Friedberg and later took piano lessons with Vladimir Sokoloff. Before becoming known as a singer, she worked as accompanist at Arlene Smith's vocal studio and taught piano lessons in Philadelphia. She began performing as Nina Simone at the Midtown Bar and Grill in Atlantic City. Her 1958 album, Little Girl Blue, was her only Billboard Top 20 hit.

Simone was very involved in Civil Rights in the 1960s and supported black nationalism and advocated violent revolution. Later, there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest for an anti-Vietnam War protest so left the United States and lived in Barbados, Liberia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and France. She was married to Andrew Stroud and her daughter, Lisa Simone Waymon Stroud, is an actress.

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referencedIn Broadside Collection, 1962-1991 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Appalachian State University. W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Archives. Dr. Carrol Waymon interview, 2006 [sound recording]. Appalachian State University, ASU
referencedIn Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Photographs for a brochure of musician Nina Simone's performance in Israel. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Gotfryd, Bernard. Bernard Gotfryd Photograph Collection [graphic] / Bernard Gotfryd. New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf Simone, Nina, 1933-2003. My baby just cares for me [Multimédia multisupport] : accompagnement avec mélodie : accompagnement sans mélodie : mélodie sans la guitare rythmique : sonorité des accords guitare et piano : version chantée avec guitare pour la prononciation. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn United Front of Cairo, Illinois Photographs, circa 1970-1980 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Jazz USA (No. 9): - 1960: NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL, 1960 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Simone, Nina, 1933-2003. Five year diary [manuscript] / Eunice Wayman. Nolan, Norton & Company, Incorporated
referencedIn Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. Papers of Langston Hughes [manuscript], 1925-1982. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jazz USA (No. 25): - 1960: NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL, 1960 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
creatorOf Simone, Nina, 1933-2003. My baby just cares for me [Multimédia multisupport] : accompagnement avec mélodie : accompagnement sans mélodie : mélodie sans la guitare rythmique : sonorité des accords guitare et piano : version chantée avec guitare pour la prononciation. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Broadside. corporateBody
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Friedberg, Carl person
associatedWith Gotfryd, Bernard person
associatedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Julliard School of Music corporateBody
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Philips Records. corporateBody
associatedWith Record company: Colpix Records. corporateBody
associatedWith Sokoloff, Vladimir, 1889-1962 person
associatedWith United Front of Cairo. corporateBody
associatedWith X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Carry-le-Rouet 93 FR
Tryon NC US
Subject
Civil rights
Jazz
Popular music
Occupation
Composers
African American singers
Singers
Pianists
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Birth 1933-02-21

Death 2003-04-21

Americans

French,

English

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