Wild Is the Wind
Philips PHM 200/PHS 600 - 207 (1966 US)
-Billboard 2 July 1966
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"Forget it kid--it's a local rumble." And the phone came down without any other word. The night before, Nina came to me with the first pressing of her new, and then only, album. We did out interview with more that the usual DL-Artist relationship, as Nina and I had been paying our dues, together, in Philadelphia for many years. She, playing in a small club trying to prove that the talent we believed in was there, and I, trying to prove that jazz could be commercially acceptable on a twenty-four hour basis on Radio.
The audience, responding with a tremendous volume of phone calls, wanted - or rather demanded - that we replay one track - PORGY - we did, time and time again. With Nina's permission, I called the record company to report what had happened... The voice at the other end than ... those now famous words...
"FORGET IT KID - IT'S A LOCAL RUMBLE"
Needless to say the "local rumble" sold well over a million, and since that time (late in 1957) Nina has become not only an established name in the jazz vocal scene, but also can be classified as a "truly great entertainer".
Nina recently made a special visit to be a guest on my weekly TV show -- The Mark of Jazz -- and the best gauge on an artist's popularity is how many station personnel filter into the studio--there was little of no room for the crew-- and the next day an inter-office memo requested that at least one person should have remained on the switchboard--a true tribute from management.
Nina's performance on the show was fantastic; she sang, played, danced and above all, was Nina Simone. The response was so good that we are now planning a one-hour special "A Nigh with Nina" to be aired very shortly.
The reason I make no mention of the contents of this album, is that the advance pressing was damaged in the mail--but in the conversation with Nina's husband/manager Andy Stroud--I asked if it would be permissable to tell our little story. Thus it is with Nina, who has proved what she set out to do in the winter of 1957--and while we may not remember the snow that fell that season, we in Philadelphia and around the country still recall the effects of a tremendous "local rumble".