Brixton Wednesdays On Wax: Nina Simone and Ike & Tina Turner
This week we have a couple women who helped set a new standard for female vocalist/solo artists as well as providing a positive image as role models in the late sixties. Here’s Nina Simone’s ‘Nuff Said and Ike & Tina Turner’s The Hunter.
Nina Simone - ‘Nuff Said
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, she took the stage name of Nina Simone around 1958 when she debuted her fist recording Little Girl Blue. Her roots were deep in Jazz and Classical music and composers, but when whe began writing hewr own material, she blended these fundamental styles with Pop and Gospel creating a very unique sound. The Album ‘Nuff Said was recorded (excluding tracks 1, 8, 11) at Westbury Music Fair, April 7, 1968, three days after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King.
“Ain’t Got No-I Got Life”
“Gin House Blues”
Ike & Tina Turner - The Hunter
Ike & Tina Turner had some very troubled times, but they sure did produce some great music when they were together. The Hunter was originally written by Stax Records’ house band, Booker T. and the MGs, and Carl Wells and recorded by blues master Albert King. The rest of this album as well as their first record on Blue Thumb Records, Outta Season, both have the same gritty tone and are definitely worth a listen.
“Bold Soul Sister”