Give Now

Night Lights Classic Jazz

Here Comes The Sun: Nina Simone On RCA

In late 1966 singer and pianist Nina Simone signed with RCA Records and continued her genre-bending explorations of jazz, blues, pop, folk, and soul.

The singer's RCA recordings ran the gamut from blues and standards to pop hits and protest songs.

In late 1966 the fiercely individualistic singer and pianist Nina Simone signed with RCA Records and continued her genre-bending explorations of jazz, blues, pop, folk, and soul, recording songs such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “The Look of Love,” Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” civil-rights anthems such as “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” and occasional standards such as Hoagy Carmichael’s “I Get Along Without You Very Well.” We hear all of those and more in this program; a previous Night Lights program, Four Women, features Simone’s mid-1960s Philips recordings. You can also watch Nina Simone performing “Young, Gifted and Black” and “Ain’t Got No… I Got Life” at the Central Park Harlem Festival in 1969:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gLVvsy7TXE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUcXI2BIUOQ

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Night Lights Classic Jazz:

Support For Indiana Public Media From

About Night Lights

Search Night Lights

where to hear night lights

This Week On Afterglow

Ella Fitzgerald On Decca

The early years of Ella Fitzgerald, as she established herself as one of the greatest big band vocalists and jazz singers of all time.

Read more »

Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Afterglow »