Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue

Joe writes: My favourite Nina Simone recording, as covered recently by Laura Mvula. It was the title track of Nina's debut album from 1958, released on the seasonal-sounding Bethlehem Records. But there was no room at the inn for Nina - according to Wikipedia, she sold her rights to the album (which also included the much-synched My Baby Just Cares For Me) outright for $3000. I suspect Joni Mitchell might have got the idea for the Jingle Bells piano part in River from Little Girl Blue's similar reference to to Good King Wenceslas.

Anyway, Rodgers & Hart wrote Little Girl Blue; Nina immortalised it.

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