Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Ain't Got No…
They say she was a bitch to work with, and certainly seemed to treat her audiences with contempt, making them wait hours before even setting foot on stage. Her behaviour was apparently so atrocious she was banned from ever returning to top Soho jazz spot Ronnie Scott's.
Yet that voice sent shivers down the spine, and made you forgive her anything. Just listen to "Strange Fruit", her take on Billie Holliday's song about a lynching in the American Deep South. Her delivery, one of barely-suppressed rage, accompanied by her own solo piano, leaves you stunned and gasping for breath.
So RIP, Nina Simone. We won't see the likes of her again.