On this day, February 21, 1933, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone, was born. Below are videos of her performing live some of my favorite songs from her catalog.
1. “Black is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair)”
3. “Backlash Blues” (Written by Langston Hughes)
I was able to find a recording of Nina’s entire set at the 1976 Montreaux Jazz Festival. The clip of “Backlash Blues” is from that show. The entire set is amazing and is: “Little Girl Blue”, “Backlash Blues”, “Be My Husband”, “Wish I Knew how It Is To Feel Free”, “Stars”, “Feelings” and “Africa”. If you have some spare time, it’s a classic performance of music legend. Very highly recommended.
R.I.P., Nina. Your spell will always be over us.