Her albums were not as unpredictable and emotional as before. Bethlehem Records noticed the young talented girl and offered her a contract. Soon the audience could watch Nina as an actress, singer, dancer and pianist in one. Her name was again in the spotlight after her old song My Baby Just Cares for Me, recorded in 1959, was chosen for the Chanel commercial. . She did not care who the author was, or what genre the song belonged to.
Nina spent the nineties struggling with her health troubles, which forced her to cancel a number of performances. She managed to acquire education at one of the best music schools in New York, which was a miracle for an Afro-American girl. She lived her last years in France. As a child, she desired to play piano and had no dream to become a singer. After that, she stared her music career at night clubs.
Once she had tried playing piano and singing at the same time, she decided to combine them every time she gave a concert. It was classic jazz that she used for basis of her music with skilful addition of elements of many other trends. At that time, she faced numerous hardships, including a divorce, conflicts with the recording companies, and financial crisis. Simone recorded a number of songs devoted to this irksome issue, to condemn fearlessly and acutely the social inequality and other vices of the public. In 1959 Nina produced her first nationwide hit, I Loves You Porgy, to peak second in rhythm-and-blues charts. She began an active recording work and released one album after another. Nina was rightfully considered one of the leading civil rights activists.
Nina Simone died in 2003, aged 70, with a huge music legacy left behind and her glorious name written forever in the showbiz history. In the eighties, she worked in studio rarely and concentrated on live performances. She picked the Nina Simone stage name to pay tribute to her favorite actress Simone Signoret. Nina Simone Eunice Waymon is an outstanding American singer with a notoriously difficult nature, exemplary devotion to art, and many-faceted talent. Her new albums were of little interest to the audience.
She was born in Tyron, North Carolina, 21 February, 1933. Nina Simone was always flexible when choosing a song to perform. . . . .
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