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Nina Simone Chords

Nina Simone

Looking for Nina Simone chords? You came to the right place! Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tyron, North Carolina in 1933, Nina Simone was one of the most talented singers to perform during the latter half of the 20th century. Her work spanned across multiple genres, including jazz, blues, soul, classical, pop and gospel. Known for her consistent, sincere, emotionally powerful and somewhat trembling voice, she earned herself the title “High Priestess of Soul”. Initially, young Eunice aspired to a career as a classical pianist. Having started to play the piano aged three, she immediately demonstrated to be extraordinarily gifted. After spending her youth playing the piano at her mother’s Sunday church services, she received a grant to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, before applying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Despite her huge talent and a sumptuous performance at her audition, she was denied by the institution, which Simone always insisted to have been on racist grounds.

First releases

In spite of the setback, Simone continued to aspire to a music career and took a job playing piano in a bar in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1954. It was here she first started singing, as the owner of the bar insisted her to do so, and adopted the stage name Nina Simone. Performing a mixture of jazz, blues and classics, she soon garnered a following and after a few years of playing nightclubs she was signed by the jazz label Bethlehem Records in 1957. A year later she released a rework of “I Love You Porgy” from the 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess'' and it became her first and only major hit in the US, reaching the top 20 of the pop charts. Simone left Bethlehem and signed with Colpix records in 1959, which in the ensuing years released several of her albums and singles. Although not a major hit at the time, 1959 also saw the release of the single “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, which would almost 30 years later storm the charts in the UK after being used in a British television commercial. Interested to learn which chords Nina Simone used in this famous track? You will find them below!

Civil Rights era

In 1964, Nina Simone left Colpix and found a new home with Dutch label Philips Records. It was the days of the civil rights movement and although Simone initially avoided using political turmoil as inspiration for her lyrics, she now proved unable to keep her frustration from entering her musical work. Simone would for the first time address the issue of racial inequality in her powerful 1964 song “Mississippi Goddam”, giving her an outlet for the fury and determination she felt over the social injustices experienced by black people in the US. Other songs touching on the subject followed, including “Four Women” and “Young, Gifted and Black”.

Later life

Feeling her controversial songs had led the music industry to boycott her work, as well as being disillusioned by American politics, Nina Simone left the US in 1970. She stayed in Barbados for a while, after which she relocated to Liberia, being persuaded to do so by her friend and fellow singer Miriam Makeba. Although she continued to release new albums until 1993, when she released her final album A Single Woman, the latter half of her life also saw a lot of turmoil. Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she went through several episodes of erratic behavior and at one time even shot a gun at a neighbor during an argument. Nevertheless, Simone was to keep performing live in Europe and the US until 2002, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She would die a year later in France, where she lived during her final years. Fortunately for those wanting to practice her piano chords, Nina Simone left behind a massive discography to explore.

60456 jam sessions
Nina Simone - I put a spell on you chordsNina Simone - I put a spell on you
16299 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Audio) chordsNina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Audio)
2106 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Here Comes The Sun chordsNina Simone - Here Comes The Sun
1521 jam sessions
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Ain't Got No, I Got Life - Nina Simone chordsAin't Got No, I Got Life - Nina Simone
1293 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Blackbird chordsNina Simone - Blackbird
1170 jam sessions
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Ain't Got No, I Got Life - Nina Simone (LYRICS/LETRA) chordsAin't Got No, I Got Life - Nina Simone (LYRICS/LETRA)
1152 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Wild Is The Wind (Original) chordsNina Simone - Wild Is The Wind (Original)
1077 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Ne Me Quitte Pas chordsNina Simone - Ne Me Quitte Pas
984 jam sessions
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NINA SIMONE - The House of The Rising Sun (Best Version) Lyrics chordsNINA SIMONE - The House of The Rising Sun (Best Version) Lyrics
960 jam sessions
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Nina Simone Summertime chordsNina Simone Summertime
915 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Montreux 1976) chordsNina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Montreux 1976)
909 jam sessions
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Ain't Got No - I Got Life -  Nina Simone chordsAin't Got No - I Got Life - Nina Simone
792 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Sinnerman chordsNina Simone - Sinnerman
708 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Audio) chordsNina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Audio)
699 jam sessions
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Nina Simone: Take Me To The Water chordsNina Simone: Take Me To The Water
675 jam sessions
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I Shall Be Released (Remastered) chordsI Shall Be Released (Remastered)
660 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Sinnerman chordsNina Simone - Sinnerman
639 jam sessions
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Nina Simone: Lilac Wine chordsNina Simone: Lilac Wine
600 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Here Comes the Sun (Audio) chordsNina Simone - Here Comes the Sun (Audio)
483 jam sessions
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I Loves You Porgy - Nina Simone chordsI Loves You Porgy - Nina Simone
462 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Love Me Or Leave Me (1958) chordsNina Simone - Love Me Or Leave Me (1958)
453 jam sessions
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Nina Simone  - To Love Somebody chordsNina Simone - To Love Somebody
429 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out chordsNina Simone - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
426 jam sessions
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Strange Fruit chordsStrange Fruit
372 jam sessions
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NINA SIMONE - Sinnerman (1965) [Video Clip] chordsNINA SIMONE - Sinnerman (1965) [Video Clip]
351 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Trouble In Mind (1960) chordsNina Simone - Trouble In Mind (1960)
339 jam sessions
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Isn't it a Pity - Nina Simone chordsIsn't it a Pity - Nina Simone
336 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Baltimore (Official Audio) chordsNina Simone - Baltimore (Official Audio)
321 jam sessions
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Baltimore - Nina Simone chordsBaltimore - Nina Simone
297 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Do I Move You (Audio) chordsNina Simone - Do I Move You (Audio)
297 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - My Way chordsNina Simone - My Way
288 jam sessions
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Mr. Bojangles chordsMr. Bojangles
282 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Four Women (1966) chordsNina Simone - Four Women (1966)
273 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me (Live at Montreux) chordsNina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me (Live at Montreux)
264 jam sessions
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Lilac Wine chordsLilac Wine
258 jam sessions
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NIna Simone ~ Who knows where the time goes chordsNIna Simone ~ Who knows where the time goes
258 jam sessions
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Nina Simone: Sound of Silence chordsNina Simone: Sound of Silence
255 jam sessions
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Nina Simone: I Shall Be Released chordsNina Simone: I Shall Be Released
246 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Just Say I Love Him chordsNina Simone - Just Say I Love Him
240 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Just in Time (Best version of this song) chordsNina Simone - Just in Time (Best version of this song)
204 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - I Shall Be Released chordsNina Simone - I Shall Be Released
204 jam sessions
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Nina Simone Work Song chordsNina Simone Work Song
198 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Nobody's fault but mine chordsNina Simone - Nobody's fault but mine
192 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Tell it like it is chordsNina Simone - Tell it like it is
189 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Mr. Bojangles (Official Audio - Live) chordsNina Simone - Mr. Bojangles (Official Audio - Live)
189 jam sessions
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Nina Simone - Backlash Blues chordsNina Simone - Backlash Blues
189 jam sessions
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Nina Simone- Everything Must Change chordsNina Simone- Everything Must Change
189 jam sessions
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Nina Simone: Suzanne chordsNina Simone: Suzanne
174 jam sessions
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Ain't Got No - I Got Life (Remastered) chordsAin't Got No - I Got Life (Remastered)
117 jam sessions
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Nina Simone: A Single Woman chordsNina Simone: A Single Woman
84 jam sessions
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