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Princess NoireThe Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone$
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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Nina's recording session that Newsweek photographer Bernard Gotfryd shot. This session featured more varied songs than the previous spring, including two rhythm-and-blues tunes from Andy with provocative titles: “Gimme Some” and “Take Care of Business.” The most unusual song, though, was Nina's remake of Screamin' Jay Hawkins's wildly entertaining “I Put a Spell on You,” an original full of hollers, moans, and a rat-a-tat sax that in live performances featured Hawkins emerging from a coffin amid swirls of fake smoke like some voodoo prince. Hal Mooney set Nina amid his trademark strings but also added an evocative sax solo from Jerome Richardson that played off Nina's vocals.

Keywords:   Bernard Gotfryd, Newsweek photographer, rhythm and blues, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, sax, voodoo prince

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