Photograph by Jim Simpson

NINA SIMONE / 1967 / BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL

£495.00

All Prints are produced to a limited edition of 100 and signed by Jim Simpson.
Prints are only available in one size. Print size – 558 x 443mm   Paper size – 609 x 570mm.
Unless otherwise specified, all prints are archival digital prints on Somerset 100% Cotton 255gsm paper.

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Description

The NINA SIMONE recording of My Baby Just Cares For Me is a masterpiece, a perfect rendition of an excellent song by an extraordinary performer. The background, however, is anything but straightforward. The recording was made in 1959, but remained in obscurity until Chanel Number 5 used it in a 1987 UK TV advert and even then it made little impact outside the UK. Nevertheless, Nina spent a near lifetime complaining that she was cheated out of one million dollars of royalties, conveniently overlooking the fact that she had earlier sold the rights for $3000. Her US career was interrupted by a lawsuit over unpaid taxes, which she claimed were withheld as a protest against American involvement in Vietnam. This forced her to quit U.S. for Europe where she remained. The singer, pianist, songwriter and civil rights activist, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in North Carolina, died seventy years and more than forty albums later in Bouches-du-Rhone, France.