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Eunice Waymon's biography better known as Nina Simone

Eunice Waymon's biography better known as Nina Simone

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  • Nina Simone Early childhood Beginning of musical career Her songs as anthems Leaving the country The return Last performances Links
  • Daughter of an ordained Methodist minister, her house was filled with music and she learned to play the piano early. Soon , her family saw that young Eunice had special musical talent and sponsored classical piano lessons for her.
  • She began playing the piano in 1954 in Atlantic City She adopted the name on Nina Simone to avoid her mother's religious disapproval of playing in a bar. She began to draw large audiences of younger people who were fascinated by her repertoire and style. Soon, she was playing in better nightclubs.
  • In the 1960s, Nina Simone was part of the civil rights movement and later black power movement. Her songs are considered as anthems of those movements.
  • She wrote "Mississippi Goddam" after the bombing of a Baptist church in Alabama where 4 children were killed. This song, often sung in civil rights contexts was not often played on the radio
  • With the growing of women's movement, her song "Four Women" and her cover of Sinatra's "My Way" became feminist symbols as well. "
  • Nina's growing bitterness over America's racism, her disputes with the record companies and troubles with the IRS, all led to her decision to leave the United States.
  • In 1985, Nina returned to the States to record and perform, choosing to pursue fame in her native land. She focused on what would be popular, de-emphasizing her political views.
  • In 2000 she performed her last tour with great success. She died on her residence of Carry-le-Rouet in southern France on April 23rd, 2003.
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