Eunice Kathleen Waymon also known as “Nina Simone” was born on February 21, 1933 with John Divine Waymon (Preacher) and Mary Kate Waymon (Methodist Minister). Nina died on April 21, 2003 due breast cancer with bipolar disorder. She was a multi-talented person; she is a pianist, a composer, songwriter, and a singer. Her name was formed in 1954 meaning “Nina” (little girl) and the Simone (Given by her boyfriend) from the French Actress Simone SignoretThe Beginning
Nina’s first career was in Midtown Bar & Grill in Atlantic City. She is singing while playing the piano as well. In 1958, she recorded the “I Love You Porgy” by George Gershwin from Porgy and Bess. This track became top 20 in Billboard.
She released her debut album entitle “Little Girl Blue and after, she signed a recording contract to Colpix Records. But it was not successful as it was, so she decided to perform in Pop music to earn money for her music studies. In 1961, she got married to Andrew Stroud (Police Detective) and soon after they got married he became the manager of Nina.The Albums
From Colpix, she transferred to Dutch Philips as her record distributor. Nina’s first album together with Philip is “Nina Simone in Concert” in 1964. In November, she released her 2 nd album “Broadway Blues Ballads” with its track “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. Nina’s 3rd album “I Put a Spell on You” that was used its title In Simone’s Autobiography in 1992. This album became number 99 in New York Billboard and number 18 in UK Chart. Her album “Pastel Blues” recorded in between 1964 and 1965 but released in the year 1965 that ranked 139 in Billboard 200 and 8 in Billboard R&B Chart.
She introduced her next album entitled “Wild is the Wind” in 1966 were she wrote ‘Four Women” about an African-American women. One year later, Nina signed a contract with RCA Victor and depart from Philip and released the albums ‘‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’’ and “Silk Sou” in the same year. Upon continuing her career she released –Nuff Said- in 1968 while“Nina Simone and Piano” and “To love Somebody” in 1969.Memories
She continues making noise through her album in 1979’s to 2009 together with her concerts and guest performances. In the year 2003, she died and her ashes were spread in different African Countries. In tribute to her singing talent, contribution and memories her statue was placed in Trade Street in North Carolina.