Little Girl Blue (Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club)
Little Girl Blue is the debut album by Jazz singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone (1933---2003) for Bethlehem Records. It was also released as Jazz As Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club. Nina was in her mid-20s at the time of this album, and still aspiring to be a classical concert pianist. She immediately sold the rights for the songs on this album to Bethlehem for $3,000. In the end, this cost her royalty profits of more than a million dollars. Simone was dissatisfied by the lack of effort the record company took in promoting her, and after this album she went over for a long relationship with Colpix Records. The album Nina Simone and Her Friends was released after she left, without her consent, and comprised songs that were left over from the Little Girl Blue recording session.
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1. MOOD INDIGO (Bigard-Mills-Ellington) 2. DON'T SMOKE IN BED (Willard Robison) 3. HE NEEDS ME (Hamilton) 4. LITTLE GIRL BLUE (Rodgers-Hart) 5. LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (Kahn-Donaldson) 6. MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME (Kahn-Donaldson)
1. GOOD BAIT (Dameron-Basie) 2. PLAIN GOLD RING (Stone) 3. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE (Rodgers-Hammerstein) 4. I LOVES YOU PORGY (Heyward-Gershwin) 5. CENTRAL PARK BLUES (Nina Simone)
NINA SIMONE - VOCALS, PIANO
JIMMY BOND - BASS
TOOTIE HEATH - DRUMS