Tag Archives: Nina Simone

A singer in search of the right song

  If only she’d sung “Vámonos”, I told my companion after another frustrating show by Concha Buika. I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her in a showcase in Lisbon a decade ago. She was one … Continue reading

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Nina’s man

The arrival of “The Philips Years” – seven albums spanning the mid -1960s – gave me the perfect excuse to revisit some of Nina Simone’s most idiosyncratic recordings. The “Pastel Blues” set, for instance, seems to get overlooked nowadays, but … Continue reading

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In search of Nina Simone

[Apologies: a draft of this post was published by mistake.] Soaring music, depressing life. My Times review [£] of “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, a book that paints an unsettling portrait of a unique artist: Her willingness to speak her mind shines … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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