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The Nina Simone Database

Starring Nina Simone

Spinorama M 130 (1964 US)

Nina Simone on December 1964 filed a suit against Premier Records for the unauthorized release of LP Starring. Nina claimed that the LP was issued without her knowledge or consent. On February 1965 Premiere Records has made an out-of-court settlement on the suit. More info on Billboard 9 January 1965 and 13 February 1965.

Side A has five Simone songs, recorded live probably in Atlantic City in 1955-1956. As this wasn't enough to fill an album, five tracks by George Wallington were put on the B side for these bootleg release in mono on the Spinorama/Premier label.
The album later was re-released twice:See also Early recordings.
See all releases of this album.
Tracks sorted by number (sort by session or by title)
 1 [5:06] I Loves You Porgy   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward

 2 [3:52] Since My Love Has Gone   Aaron Neville, Wasserman

 3 [3:37] Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair   Traditional

 4 [2:19] Loving Woman is Waste of Time   Cecil Anderson listed as "Lovin' Woman"

 5 [3:16] Baubles, Bangles and Beads   George Forrest, Robert Wright

Liner Notes
Whether it be a folk song, a ballad, or cool jazz, Nina Simone leaves her audience completely captivated.

One of Nina's first big breaks happened when she appeared at the Village Vanguard. A pin could be heard... her audience was left with soaring emotions. She accompanied herself on the piano and then rose to the mike only to make the crowds watching, clap for joy and beg for more oh her distinctive style. From the Vanguard her climb upward began, She appeared at the posh Blue Angel, once again making an old standard come out fresh and new. Her brilliant piano performance is foot stamping, exciting rhythm from first note to last.

This album features Nina at her best... she sets a mood that lingers long after your record player has been turned off...