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Four Women: Nina Simone’s Mid-1960s Philips Recordings

Nina2Nina Simone was a singer and pianist whose convergence of styles–jazz, blues, folk, pop, rock–makes her a genre unto herself. Her civil-rights anthem, “Mississippi Goddam,” remains one of her most famous moments on record; in this program we’ll hear another similar-minded song, “Old Jim Crow,” as well as “See Line Woman,” a song which was remixed and turned into an underground club hit two years ago.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Four Women
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)

Notes: Written by Nina Simone.

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Old Jim Crow
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve, 1964)
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Don't Smoke in Bed
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve, 1964)

Notes: Written by Willard Robison.

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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve, 1964)

Notes: Later covered by the Animals.

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See-Line Woman
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)

Notes: Re-mixed & turned into an underground hit in 2002.

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One September Day
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)
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Tell Me More and More and Then Some
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)
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Little Girl Blue
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)
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Love Your Lovin' Ways
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)
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Lilac Wine
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)

Notes: Simone's interpretation was acknowledge as the classic one by modern singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, who also recorded it.

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If I Should Lose You
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)
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Either Way I Lose
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)
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Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)

Notes: Chuck Berry song.

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The Gal From Joe's
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)

Notes: Duke Ellington song.

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Take Me to the Water
Nina Simone — Four Women (Verve)

Notes: Written by Nina Simone.

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Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Verve, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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