Her concert debut, a classical recital, was given when she was 12. An upcoming talent. Her parents, who had taken seats in the front row, were forced to move to the back of the hall to make way for white people. An emerging civil rights activist was formed. In 1958 she recorded her first studio album for Bethlehem Records, followed by Colpix and Philips and in 1967 RCA Victor. ‘Nuff Said! spawned the hit-singles ”Ain’t Got No – I Got Life” and the Bee Gees cover “To Love Somebody”. After “Mississippi Goddam”, from the same album, a civil rights message was the norm in Simone’s recordings and became part of her concerts. In 1969 Simone recorded “To Be Young, Gifted And Black”. Renditions of the song have been recorded by Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway.
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