Happy birthday, Nina!

Today we celebrate the 80th birthday of the late, great Nina Simone.

In honour of her legacy we'd like to give you the opportunity to win the 4 releases we've released so far. Get acquainted with one of music's best known voices and take a shot at winning these beauties! To enter, we need you to get a little social with us...

  • Facebook: check out the official competition post on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/musiconvinyl and let us know your favorite Nina Simone song. Let's see those comments, and include a Youtube link, if possible!

  • Like Twitter more? Then send us a Tweet @MusicOnVinyl and name your favorite Nina Simone song. Don't forget to use the special hashtag #HappyBdayNina - let's make this a trending topic!

  • Like taking pictures on Instagram? Then by all means, take a snapshot of your favorite Nina Simone vinyl record (!!) and address the caption to @MusicOnVinyl. Include the hashtag #HappyBdayNina.

You can enter the competition as many times as you want. The winner will be contacted by us. Deadline is Feb, 25th 9:00 AM CET.

  • Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina.

  • Nina Simone's entire family was quite musical: her father played guitar and harmonica; her mother, brothers and sisters all played piano; and everyone sang in the church choirs.

  • When Nina Simone was 11 years old, she gave a recital in the town hall and saw her parents being moved out of the front row to make room for a white family. She refused to play until her parents were moved back to the front.

  • Nina Simone never intended to become a singer; she began singing, at the owner's insistence, while performing a seasonal job at the Midtown Bar And Grill in Atlantic City.

  • In 1954, Eunice Kathleen Waymon adopted the stage name Nina Simone: Nina was a nickname a former boyfriend had given her, and Simone was from the French actress Simone Signoret.

  • On her 1965 album Pastel Blues, Nina Simone covered Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," a song about the lynching of black men in the South.

  • Nina Simone's 1970 live album Black Gold was recorded in 1969 at the Philharmonic Hall, New York City. The album received a 1971 Grammy® nomination (but lost to Aretha Franklin).

  • "I Put A Spell On You," by Screamin Jay Hawkins, became one of Nina Simone's signature songs; it was the title of her 1992 autobiography.

  • Van Morrison, India.Arie, Bono, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Jeff Buckley have all cited Nina Simone as being important to their own musical upbringing.



Nina Simone - Pastel Blues Music On Vinyl LPOnly someone the likes of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith had the power to lay a soul bare like Nina Simone could, as her stripped-down "Be My Husband" on Pastel Blues shows. Naked like a field holler, this song would later capture the imagination of Jeff Buckley and Antony Hegarty.

Also on this record are classics such as "Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out", originally sung by Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday's signature song "Strange Fruit", as well as a Nina Simone favorite: "Sinnerman". Re-released on vinyl for the first time since 1965!

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Nina Simone - Silk N Soul Music On Vinyl LPRecorded in New York in 1967, Silk & Soul is Nina Simone's second album for RCA. This album does contain classics "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", which would become a Civil Rights anthem and "It Be's That Way Sometimes", written by her brother Sam Waymon.

"The Turning Point"' is a song that seems to be about a child making a new friend, but turns out to question the origins of racism.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Nina Simone - Black Gold Music On Vinyl LPIn 1969, the High Priestess Of Soul, Nina Simone, descended onto the stage of the Philharmonic Hall in New York to record her new live album, Black Gold. It became a legendary performance with the first recording of the Civil Rights song "To Be Young, Gifted And Black", a song which 'is not addressed to white people primarily. Though it doesn't put you down in any way...it simply ignores you. For my people need all the inspiration and love that they can get.'

Her eclectic style takes us past a number of different music forms; past Soul and Gospel and Folk, Jazz and Broadway; her androgynous and distinctive timbre floats somewhere between melancholy and bliss, and yet we always feel that Ms Simone is taking us exactly where she wants us to go.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Nina Simone - And Piano Music On Vinyl LPNina Simone said that she'd rather have people remember her for her album Nina Simone And Piano! than for her surprise hit "My Baby Just Cares For Me".

And when you listen to the album, you fully understand why. This is Nina Simone stripped bare; an introspective, intimate album about death, reincarnation, loneliness and love. The simple piano arrangements and poignant vocals make you creep closer to the music - and the artist - with every listen.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl