Nina Simone sings the gospel standard “Oh Happy Day” in this rare 1970s live recording. A prodigious pianist, composer, singer and civil rights activist, Simone was born in the small town of Tryon, North Carolina in Polk County, 20 miles southeast of Hendersonville.
The sixth of eight children (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon), she was a child prodigy whose talent inspired locals to pay for piano lessons and an education at Asheville’s Allen High School for Girls. After high school, she studied at the prestigious Julliard School, going on to develop a broad range of styles that included classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
Nina Simone achieved international recognition for her unique talent and her formidable contribution to the musical arts. She composed over 500 songs and recorded nearly 60 albums, receiving a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2000 and fifteen Grammy Award nominations over the course of her storied career. April 21 marks the thirteenth anniversary of her passing.
From our family to yours, a very Happy Easter.