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Little Girl Blue / Jazz as Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club
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ReleasedFebruary 1959
RecordedNew York City, December 1957
GenreJazz, gospel
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Little Girl Blue / Jazz as Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club
Nina Simone and Her Friends
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To call Nina Simone a jazz singer is to neglect the depth and range of her artistry. A classical pianist, folk singer, protest singer, and songwriter, her arrangements are harmonically rich, varied, and rhythmically experimental, while her voice can go from lounge singer-smooth to raw and exposed in the space of a.


Little Girl Blue (also known as Jazz As Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club) is the debut album by Nina Simone. It was released by Bethlehem Records in February 1959.[3][4][5]

At this time, Simone was in her mid-20s and still aspiring to be a classical concert pianist. She immediately sold the rights for the album to Bethlehem for $3,000 (US$26,585 in 2019 dollars[6]). This deal eventually cost her royalty profits of more than a million dollars.[7] Simone was dissatisfied by the lack of effort the record company took in promoting her, and she subsequently formed a long business relationship with Colpix Records. The album Nina Simone and Her Friends was released after she had left Bethlehem, without her consent, and comprised songs that were left over from the Little Girl Blue recording session. The session was the only one ever recorded for Bethlehem.[8]

The album was reissued by Bethlehem in 1992 on CD (Bethlehem 30042), with three additional tracks from the same session: 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands', 'For All We Know' and 'African Mailman'.[9] This format was released again in 2002, as Jazz as Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club by Charly / Snapper Music (SNAP 216 CD), remastered and with the addition of 'My Baby Just Cares for Me (Extended Version)'.[10]

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Nina Simone was a singular artist, and she went where she pleased, leaving behind a recorded legacy that is passionate, political, defiant, and delicate by turns, no matter what strain of folk, blues, jazz, or gospel she was dipping into, and she did it all with dignity, grace, and intelligence. Feeling Good: The Very Best Of Nina Simone 1994. Fine And Mellow 2011. My Baby Just Cares For Me 2015. Yo yo honey singh mp3 songs free download 2010 free. Nina: The Essential Nina Simone 2000. I Put A Spell On You (Reissued 2006) 1965. The Very Best Of Nina Simone CD1 2013. The Very Best Of Volume 2 2006. Sensational Hits From Past Vol.

  1. 'Mood Indigo' – (Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills)
  2. 'Don't Smoke in Bed' – (Willard Robison)
  3. 'He Needs Me' – (Arthur Hamilton)
  4. 'Little Girl Blue' – (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
  5. 'Love Me or Leave Me' – (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
  6. 'My Baby Just Cares for Me' – (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
  7. 'Good Bait' (instrumental) – (Count Basie, Tadd Dameron)
  8. 'Plain Gold Ring' – (George Stone (aka Earl Burroughs))
  9. 'You'll Never Walk Alone' (instrumental) – (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
  10. 'I Loves You, Porgy' – (DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
  11. 'Central Park Blues' (instrumental) – (Nina Simone)


  • Nina Simone – vocals, piano, arrangements
  • Jimmy Bond – double bass
  • Albert 'Tootie' Heath – drums
  • Joseph Muranyi – liner notes
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  1. ^AllMusic review
  2. ^Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN978-0195313734.
  3. ^'February Album Releases'(PDF). The Cash Box. The Cash Box Publishing Co. Inc., NY. 14 February 1959. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  4. ^Callahan, Mike; Edwards, David. 'The Bethlehem Records Story'. Both Sides Now Publications. Archived from the original on 27 July 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  5. ^Popoff, Martin (2009). Goldmine Record Album Price Guide (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 2123. ISBN9781440229169.
  6. ^Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 'Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–'. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  7. ^Simone. I Put a Spell on You. p. 60.
  8. ^'Bethlehem Discography', BCP-6028/SBCP-6028
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  10. ^'Nina Simone: Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club', Charly. Accessed 9 June 2016.

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