Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina. She was one of eight children and she began playing piano at age 3. By age 6, she was regular pianist at a local Methodist church. I have always felt I have not matured enough to fully appreciate the majesty of her music. The way she captivated many of us with her voice, her conviction, and her mystique. She died today in her home in the South of France.
I remember once hearing her song, “Isn’t It A Pity“, at a dance recital and I had to have it. An article from the Tryon Daily Bulletin provides an insightful look at the “High Priestess of Soul.”