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Nina Simone

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    Mary J. Blige
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Hall of Fame Essay


Alan Light

“Nina could sing anything, period," Mary J. Blige told Rolling Stone when the magazine named Nina Simone one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

And in some ways, that astonishing, unclassifiable range has made it especially difficult to assess Simone's legacy - she was often considered a jazz singer (particularly because of her masterful piano playing), but it was a label she deeply resented, seeing it only as a racial classification. She was classically trained, yet her nickname was "The High Priestess of Soul."

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2018
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I put a spell on you Because you're mine

"I Put A Spell On You"

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