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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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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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