What Happened, Miss Simone?

“I was born a child prodigy darling. I was born a genius.” Nina Simone

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light’s biography draws on early dairies, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint the fullest picture yet of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time.

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 6th-10th March 2017 at 09:45 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Alan Light
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Reader: Alibe Parsons
Broadcast Assistant: Holly Slater
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Nina Simone – To Be Young Gifted And Black, Ain’t Got No – I Got Life, Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, Mood Indigo, Blues On Purpose, Take Me To The Water, Don’t You Pay Them No Mind, Four Women, I Loves You Porgy, Little Girl Blue, My Baby Just Cares For Me, Sinnerman, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, Black Is The Colour Of My True Loves Hair, Mississippi Goddam, Strange Fruit & I Put A Spell On You

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