Nina Simone

Nina Simone
Real name
Eunice Kathleen Waymon
February 21, 1933
April 21, 2003
United States
Jazz singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger. Took the stage name of "Nina Simone" so that her mother wouldn't find out she was playing "devil's music".
Lisa Simone Daughter
Andy Stroud Husband (1961-1970)


Added by Mathieu
Managed by Bastien


Title Performer Release date Covered by
1969 (15 artists)
June 1966 Jeff Buckley
June 1965 Mathilde Santing
April 1967 Meshell Ndegeocello feat. Toshi Reagon
August 1968 (4 artists)
1964 (5 artists)
1967 Glen Bonham
February 1967 (6 artists)
June 1965 (2 artists)
February 1967 (2 artists)
April 1966 Diane Blue
February 1967 Joy Unlimited
February 1967 Malia
1967 (4 artists)
1965 (18 artists)
May 1961 (4 artists)
August 1965 (2 artists)
February 1967 (5 artists)
October 1964 (120 artists)
February 1967 (17 artists)
April 1967 (2 artists)
February 1967 (2 artists)
April 1967 (3 artists)
April 1967 Heather Bishop
1963 (2 artists)
August 1965 (11 artists)
August 1965 (2 artists)

Covers by Nina Simone

Title Performer Release date Originally by
1959 Brother John Sellers
1958 Christine Johnson
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To Nina Simone 1960 Unverified
December 1959 Fran Warren
1962 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
May 1961 Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr.
1959 Ted Fiorito & His Orchestra
July 1963 Johnny Mathis - Orchestra under the Direction of Percy Faith
December 1959 Johnny Mathis
1970 Sandy Denny and The Strawbs
1969 Marcia Henderson
May 1961 Peggy Lee and Victor Young and His Singing Strings
July 1964 Mrs. Texas Gladden
2008 Melanie
June 1970 Ko Ko Taylor
May 1969 (unknown), The Limeliters
1967 Mark Dinning
1999 New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
1960 Thelma La Vizzo
June 1965 Charles Aznavour accompagné par Paul Mauriat et son Orchestre, Honor Blackman
February 1968 Bee Gees
1991 Bob Dylan
1966 Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra - Vocal Refrain by Bob Godet
July 1963 (unknown), Johnny Mathis
June 1969 Bob Dylan
1974 Steppenwolf
November 1959 Sarah Vaughan
August 3, 1993 Harry James and His Orchestra - Vocal Chorus by Buddy Di Vito
1966 Boyd Raeburn and His Orchestra
1967 Stan Getz
November 1964 Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra - Vocal by Fredda Gibson
February 1967 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
August 3, 1993 Irene Dunne
1978 Tony Joe White
1969 Jacques Brel, Elly Stone, Mort Shuman, Shawn Elliott, Alice Whitfield
1966 (unknown), Bob Dylan
1959 Peggy Lee
1978 Jaye P. Morgan
1966 Nat "King" Cole
August 1965 Billie Holiday
Sampled by Faithless
1998 Aaron Neville
October 1968 (unknown), Wiseman Sextet, Heavenly Gospel Singers
2005 (unknown), Anna Meyers and Original Memphis Five
May 1969 Judy Collins
October 1968 Rosemary Clooney with The Buddy Cole Trio
December 1959 Abbie Mitchell
August 1965 Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra
1959 Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra
1987 Janis Ian
1966 Dennis King & Vivienne Segal
November 1964 Dorothy Sarnoff
1962 Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
1962 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1959 Tony Bennett with Percy Faith and His Orchestra
August 1965 The Sensational Nightingales, Les Baxter and His Orchestra
April 1967 Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra
July 1964 Leadbelly
2008 Prince
November 1964 Katherine and Christine Shipp
1969 Aretha Franklin
1962 Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
1978 Daryl Hall & John Oates
February 1969 The Beatles
Covered by Nina Van Horn
May 1961 Ronnie Chapman
1966 Anne Wiggins Brown & Todd Duncan
October 1968 Bee Gees
1958 Kitty White
1964 Roma Bahn, Lotte Lenya
1966 Bessie Smith - Orchestra accompanied by Buck and His Band
August 3, 1993 Barbra Streisand
1971 The 5 Stairsteps & Cubie
2008 Bob Marley & The Wailers [1974-...]
1973 Richie Havens
1969 Blind Willie Johnson
June 1960 Jimmie Cox
November 1964 Arthur Collins
November 1964 Sammy Davis Jr.
1971 Mama Cass Elliot
June 1965 Jacques Brel
1971 Claude François, Frank Sinatra
1972 The Chiffons, Billy Preston
2005 Gertrude Lawrence
April 1967 Ruby Elzy
1978 Judy Collins
1958 Ted Weems and His Orchestra - Vocal Refrain by Arthur Jarrett
1971 Jerry Jeff Walker
1958 The Jungle Band
May 1961 Hoagy Carmichael
August 3, 1993 Rod McKuen
1958 Ruth Etting
2005 (unknown)
August 3, 1993 Frank Sinatra
1960 Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band
1958 Gloria Grafton
June 1966 Hope Foye
1974 Gilbert Bécaud, Jill Corey with Jimmy Carroll
May 1961 Enzo Fusco, (unknown)
June 1969 Bob Dylan
1971 Bob Dylan
December 1961 Sydney Chaplin and Judy Holliday
1967 Billy Taylor Trio
Covered by (52 artists)
July 1962 Bessie Smith
Covered by (54 artists)
1959 Dick Haymes with Victor Young and His Orchestra
1969 Julius LaRosa
1962 Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
1972 George Harrison
June 1969 Bob Dylan
June 1965 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
October 1968 Bee Gees
1960 (unknown)
April 1967 Lil Green
1997 Margaret Whiting
2008 "Fats" Waller and His Rhythm
1958 Anne Wiggins Brown & Todd Duncan
August 3, 1993 Georges Brassens
May 1961 Billie Holiday with Billy Kyle and His Trio
1962 Ivie Anderson
1969 (unknown), Dick Powell
June 1966 Gladys Swarthout & John Boles
February 1968 Bee Gees
December 1961 Ashley and Foster
December 1961 Shannon Bolin
February 1960 Rev. F. W. McGee
1971 The Beatles
1958 Peggy Lee
1958 Dizzy Gillespie and His All Stars
2005 Peggy Lee with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra
May 1961 Bessie Smith
1974 Ike and Tina Turner
For A While Nina Simone 1985 Unverified
February 1960 Morton Downey
December 1959 Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra
June 1965 Cy Grant
Sampled by (5 artists)
1966 Weintraub Syncopators, Marlene Dietrich
December 1959 Harry Richman
Everytime We Say Goodbye Nina Simone 1992 Unverified
1978 Quincy Jones
1969 Jonathan King
November 1965 Teri Thornton
August 1968 Johnny Rivers
1958 Peggy Lee with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra
1971 Nina Simone
Sampled by Common
1966 Billie Holiday
1962 Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra, Woody Herman and His Orchestra
December 1959 Dyke's Magic City Trio
1969 Bee Gees, I Califfi
1959 Dennis Crumpton & Robert Summers
1967 The Association
1966 Memphis Minnie
1966 Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr.
1959 Johnny Long and His Orchestra
December 1961 Sam Lanin's Dance Orchestra - Vocal Chorus Arthur Hall
February 1967 Chuck Berry and His Combo
Brown Baby Nina Simone Unverified
Break Down And Let It All Out Nina Simone 1965 Unverified
1959 Casa Loma Orchestra, Geo. Hall and The Hotel Taft Orch. - Vocal Refrain by Loretta Lee
December 1959 John Jacob Niles
June 1965 The Urchins
1966 (unknown), Doretta Morrow, Richard Oneto & Chorus
1978 Randy Newman
August 3, 1993 Rod McKuen
1971 Evie Sands
October 1968 James Rado and Company, Walker Daniels, Gerome Ragni, Steve Dean, Arnold Wilkerson and the Company

Sampled songs

Title Performer Release date Info
August 1965 Originally by Billie Holiday
Sampled by Faithless
June 1965 Originally by Cy Grant
Sampled by (5 artists)
1971 Originally by Nina Simone
Sampled by Common

Songs written by Nina Simone

Original songs

Adapted songs



Title Performer Release date Label
Wild Is the Wind Nina Simone June 1966 Philips
To Love Somebody Nina Simone June 1969 RCA Victor
The Amazing Nina Simone Nina Simone 1959 Colpix Records
Tell It Like It Is - Rarities and Unreleased Recordings: 1967-1973 Nina Simone 2008 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Sugar in My Bowl Nina Simone 1998 RCA
Silk & Soul Nina Simone 1967 RCA Victor
Saga of The Good Life and Hard Times Nina Simone 1997 RCA
Pastel Blues Nina Simone August 1965 Philips
Nuff Said! Nina Simone October 1968 RCA Victor
Nina Simone with Strings Nina Simone 1966 Colpix Records
Nina Simone Sings the Blues Nina Simone April 1967 RCA Victor
Nina Simone Sings Ellington! Nina Simone 1962 Colpix Records
Nina Simone at Carnegie Hall Nina Simone July 1963 Colpix Records
Nina Simone and Piano! Nina Simone 1969 RCA Victor
Nina Simone and Friends Nina Simone, Chris Connor, Carmen McRae February 1960 Bethlehem Records
Nina at Town Hall Nina Simone December 1959 Colpix Records
Nina at the Village Gate Nina Simone December 1961 Colpix Records
Nina at Newport Nina Simone 1960 Colpix Records
Ne me quitte pas Nina Simone 1971 Musidisc
Live in Europe Nina Simone 1972 Trip
Live at Berkeley Nina Simone 1973 Stroud
Little Girl Blue Nina Simone 1958 Bethlehem Records
Let It Be Me Nina Simone 1987 Verve Records
Let It All Out Nina Simone 1966 Philips
It Is Finished Nina Simone 1974 RCA Victor
I Put a Spell on You Nina Simone June 1965 Philips
In Concert Nina Simone 1964 Philips
High Priestess of Soul Nina Simone February 1967 Philips
Here Comes the Sun Nina Simone 1971 RCA Victor
Forbidden Fruit [Reissue] Nina Simone 2005 EMI
Forbidden Fruit Nina Simone May 1961 Colpix Records
Folksy Nina Nina Simone July 1964 Colpix Records
Emergency Ward! Nina Simone 1972 RCA Victor
Broadway...Blues...Ballads Nina Simone November 1964 Philips
Black Gold Nina Simone 1970 RCA Victor
Baltimore Nina Simone 1978 CTI Records
A Single Woman [reissue] Nina Simone 2008 Elektra
A Single Woman Nina Simone August 3, 1993 Elektra



Title Performer Release date Label
Work Song Nina Simone May 1961 Colpix Records
Whatever I Am (You Made Me) Nina Simone June 1970 RCA Victor
To Love Somebody Nina Simone February 1968 RCA Victor
To Be Young, Gifted and Black Nina Simone 1969 RCA Victor
The Other Woman Nina Simone November 1959 Colpix Records
Suzanne Nina Simone May 1969 RCA Victor
Revolution (Part I) Nina Simone February 1969 RCA Victor
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Nina Simone June 1960 Colpix Records
Little Liza Jane Nina Simone 1963 Colpix Records
I Put a Spell on You Nina Simone 1965 Philips
I Love Your Lovin' Ways Nina Simone April 1966 Philips
I Got it Bad Nina Simone July 1962 Colpix Records
Either Way I Lose Nina Simone November 1965 Philips
Do What You Gotta Do Nina Simone August 1968 RCA Victor
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Nina Simone October 1964 Philips
Do I Move You? Nina Simone February 1967 RCA Victor
Così ti amo Nina Simone 1969 RCA Victor
Central Park Nina Simone July 1960 Bethlehem Records

Performances also appear on


Title Performer Release date Label
Slow Days with Nina The Walkabouts 2003 Shingle Street
She Put a Spell on Me - Kim Nalley Sings Nina Simone Kim Nalley 2006 CE Jazz & Blues
Saffronia Lyambiko February 22, 2008 Sony Classical
Round Nina - A Tribute to Nina Simone various artists November 2014 Verve Records
Remembering Nina & Abbey Aga Zaryan November 12, 2013 Parlophone
Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone Meshell Ndegeocello October 2012 Naïve
Nina Van Horn Sings Nina Simone Nina Van Horn March 2017 Wolf Productions
Nina Revisited - A Tribute to Nina Simone various artists July 10, 2015 Revive
Nina Kellylee Evans September 2010 Plus Loin Music
Nina Xiu Xiu December 3, 2013 Graveface Records
Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Morgan James December 4, 2012 Epic
Just Like a Woman (Hymn to Nina) Barb Jungr March 10, 2008 Linn
Jazz Piano Tribute to Nina Simone Piano Tribute Players November 19, 2013 Copycats Entertainment
Independently Blue - Le canzoni di Nina Simone Laura Fedele 2005 Auditorium [IT]
Black Orchid Malia January 13, 2012 EmArcy