Which song was just one of the Nina Simone pieces on today's broadcast of Democracy Now, the day after her passing.
Simone's early life bore many resemblances to [Billie] Holliday and [Ella] Fitzgerald's.
She was born Eunice Waymon into a poor family in North Carolina, one of eight children.
Some of Simone's most lasting work was recorded in the mid-1960s She played the organ in church aged seven and announced that she wanted to become a classical pianist, almost unheard of for a black girl in the 1940s.
She trained at New York's prestigious Juillaird School and taught piano. It was only at an audition when she was told that she had to sing as well as play that she found her voice.
Bit out of it to do her life or career justice myself at the moment, and I (oddly, come to think of it) don't own any of her albums.
I'll have to fix that when I get a chance.