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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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. A Single Woman ~ 1993–1999 ~

. A Single Woman ~ 1993–1999 ~

(p.348) 27. A Single Woman ~ 1993–1999 ~
Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on one of Nina's fans, Michael Alago, who worked for Elektra Records. Michael had been a fan since he was a teenager. During one of Nina's New York appearances, he stopped in at her sound check to introduce himself. Michael thought Nina knew he was coming, but she didn't and her displeasure showed. She demanded to know who he was and what he was doing there. Michael politely explained that he was with the record company and that he wanted to sign her. He was worried that a difficult moment was getting worse, but he knew he had rescued himself when Nina offered him some of her tea. Michael graciously took it and immediately choked. Nina had a special concoction that called for lemon and cayenne pepper. Michael didn't give up on his idea, even though he didn't know what kind of songs Nina might want to sing or how her voice would hold up. He only knew that he wanted to make a record with her, and his enthusiasm carried the day with the Elektra executives.

Keywords:   Nina, Michael Alago, Elektra Records, record company, special concoction, lemon, cayenne pepper

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