American singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Nina Simone was born on this day February, 21st, 1933.

The sixth of eight children in her family, Nina grew up wanting to be a pianist and with the support of family and friends, she attended Julliard School Of Music in New York City. To make a living she often played at night clubs and was told she would have to sing her own accompaniment. This is what started her career as a Jazz vocalist, and she has since gone on to record more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974. Even scoring a hit single in 1958 titled “I Loves You, Porgy”.

Unfortunately, she passed away in 2003 after battling breast cancer for many years. She will forever be remembered as one of the great Jazz singers, and her impact can still be seen today in many musical artists.

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