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Nina Simone

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone

Full Name: Eunice Kathleen Waymon
Profession: Singer and Civil Rights Activist

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: A prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement in America, Simone was also a noted jazz and soul singer. Her famous recording include versions of "I Loves You, Porgy," "My Baby Just Cares for Me" and her own civil rights anthem "Mississippi Goddam".

Angered by racism in America, she permanently left the country in 1973.

Born: February 21, 1933
Birthplace: Tyron, North Carolina, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: April 21, 2003 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Breast cancer

Historical Events

  • 1958-06-24 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"
  • 2003-04-19 Nina Simone is awarded and honorary degree by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia
  • 2018-04-14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues