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Okay.  For those who know me, they know that I'm a huge Nina Simone fan, as was my father.

In this post, I want to feature some very early Nina Simon in a 1960 appearance on the Ed Sullivan show (remember him?), but not for her oh so wonderful voice, as you might expect.  In additional to Nina's spectacular voice, you might not know that she was a Julliard trained classical pianist.

You'll note in the middle of this video of "Love me or leave me" there's a brief piano solo that sounds surprisingly reminiscent of J.S.Bach, and Nina's elegantly long fingers make short work of point/counterpoint absolutely beautifully.  Her voice is too fabulous it's almost easy to overlook her piano work, but don't.  Pay close attention, because her riffing is a wonder to behold.

They just don't make 'em like Nina anymore, and the world's the worst for it.  It seemed appropriate the week that we lost a legend like Tina Turner, to highlight the likes of Nina Simone, don't you think?

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Alan- I'm listening to the video for the second time. I used to play the piano (took lessons for 10 years ) but could never myself playing as well as she did and singing at the same time. What a talent she was. 

May 26, 2023 07:12 PM
Alan May

Wasn't she remarkable?

May 27, 2023 01:08 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That was gerat.  Funny but I don't recall Nina from the old Ed Sullivan days even though we watched it religiously as a family back then.

May 26, 2023 08:31 PM
Alan May

I didn't remember that, either.  But there she is, in glorious black & white.

May 27, 2023 01:09 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent information.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend.

May 27, 2023 03:37 AM
Alan May

Excellent information?

May 27, 2023 01:10 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Allan,

I like Kathy Streib watched this video twice! Nina has the most elegantly long fingers and she is indeed a master on the piano and what a voice!!!! Our family watched Ed Sullivan too and I honestly don't remember her. The applause she received was so well deserved. Thank you for sharing being a huge fan is Nina Simone, I can definitely see why!

May 27, 2023 04:48 AM
Alan May

You know, Dorie, back in the day, Nina didn't really get the attention she deserved, and I wouldn't be surprised if people weren't as excited by her as we are today.

May 27, 2023 01:11 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan.Watching Nina play the piano makes me sad I did not pay more attention and practice my piano lessons more. As for her voice, I can't sing a lick. Her voice was pure. Very talented lady. Enjoy your day.

May 27, 2023 05:35 AM
Alan May

I'd be embarrassed to sing anywhere near her.

May 27, 2023 01:12 PM