Nina Simone

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KUVO’s Mindi McNeil reports that the childhood home of music legend Nina Simone has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The tiny three-room in Tryon, North Carolina is 88-years-old and stands vacant.


This week the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the childhood home of music legend Nina Simone as a National Treasure.

The vacant tiny three-room 88-year-old home located at Thirty East Livingston Street in Tryon, NC was one of a few homes that the singer lived in during her childhood. While living in this home Simone started playing piano at the age of three and made public performances at the Methodist Church where her father preached.  

Nina Simone Biography

Dec 24, 2016

The title of this life story, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” by Alan Light, is taken from a 1970 Maya Angelou quote speaking of her friend Nina Simone. Simone’s life was very complex--a story of potential unrealized and seeking an explanation. In this book you will find many causal attributes for her troubles—a very serious and neglectful travelling minister mother; a true love lost in adolescence never replaced; her own personality issues--depression and loneliness, etc. The book has strength for the testimonies of many who were close to her.

A new documentary on the life of Nina Simone will be released on Netflix on June 26, 2015.  "What Happened, Miss Simone" (101 mins.) is directed by Liz Garbus.  

"Nina Simone's general narrative has inspired so many young women throughout her career and since her death (in 2003)," said Rodney Franks, host of "Into the Evening" on Jazz89 KUVO.  "She was a complicated spirit, with a lot of depth."

High Priestess of Soul

Feb 21, 2014

Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, would be marking her 84th birthday today. She was born on this date in 1933 in Tyron, NC and passed in 2003, while living in France. Nine Simone was a force of nature. She had strongly-held beliefs and lived her life in support of them. Her passions included music - of course -, but also racism and the civil rights movement, and  government intrusion, which led to her leaving the US and residing in Barbados, Liberia, Switzerland Netherlands and finally, France.