Nina Simone  

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""Pirate Jenny", originating from the first act of The Threepenny Opera, has been famously covered by singer and activist Nina Simone on 1964's Nina Simone in Concert. She gave the song a grim civil rights undertone, with the ship 'the black freighter' symbolizing the coming black revolution."--Sholem Stein

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Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone (February 21, 1933April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist.

Although she disliked being categorized, Simone is generally classified as a jazz musician. Her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles, such as jazz, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and even pop music. Her vocal style is characterized by passion, breathiness, and tremolo. Simone recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the biggest body of her work being released between 1958 (when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue) and 1974. Songs she is best known for include "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I Put a Spell On You", "Love Me or Leave Me", "Feeling Good", "Sinner Man", "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Strange Fruit", and "Ain't got no-I got life".



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