Nina & Hefner

After spending part of this week pondering Nina Simone’s chaotic, ill-starred life I really needed to cheer myself up by listening to her music. Here she is when she was just starting out, mingling with ultra-suave Hugh Hefner and his playmates. It’s a truncated clip (one that also turns up in the documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” ) but it still gives a sense of what a truly special a talent she was.

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