Almanac Music: ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’

 

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist who’s music career spanned fifty years. Her music covered  a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop, and she recorded over forty studio albums during her career.

 

Nina Simone Sings the Blues was recorded in New York in 1967 with a stellar cast of session musicians and is one of my favourite all time albums. Tracks from the album feature in the first two items below, and the third is from a live performance in London in 1968.

 

 

Nina Simone sings ‘I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl’

 

 

‘In the Dark’ from Nina Simone Sings the Blues

 

 

‘Ain’t Got No, I Got Life’ performed live in London 1968

 

 

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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.

Comments

  1. Peter Crossing says

    Classic album Colin.Thanks for sharing.
    Some great tracks. The interpretation she brings to any song she sings is totally unique.
    Backlash Blues is up there with Mississippi Goddam.
    Love the way the guitar and harp wander around her vocals and piano in Blues for Mama.

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