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jazz Nina Simone Live at Olympia (Part I) INA Archives 1969

INA Archives 1969

Nina Simone Live at Olympia (Part I) INA Archives 1969


In 1969 Nina Simone was at the height of her artistic powers. It was the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, and her voice had been inseparable from the cause ever since 1964's masterpiece "Mississippi Goddam." Yet as her political activism rose, her music took a back seat and she became more and more engaged, more aligned with Malcolm X's advocation for revolution rather than Martin Luther King's peaceful resistance arguments, though she had great respect for Dr. King, also. In 1967, two years before this concert, she recorded another track that would become one of her enduring pieces, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free," by Billy Taylor, on her album Silk and Soul. 

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  • Al Schackman | Electric guitar
  • Gene Perla | Bass guitarist
  • Don Alias | Drummer
  • Weldon Irvine | Organist
  • Gina Rothchild | Vocalist
  • Doris Willingham | Vocalist
  • Nina Simone | Singer, Bandleader , Pianist


  • Bee Gees / Nina Simone, In The Morning
  • Langston Hughes / Nina Simone, Backlash Blues
  • Nina Simone / Paul Dunbar, Compensation
  • Nina Simone, Born Under A Bad Sign
  • Bee Gees / Nina Simone, I Can't See Nobody
  • Leonard Bernstein, Who Am I (From "Peter Pan")
  • Billy Taylor / Dick Dallas / Nina Simone, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free


  • Directed by:
    • Bernard Lion
  • Venue: Olympia Hall (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 1969
  • Production: © Office national de radiodiffusion télévision française (ORTF)
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