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Nina Simone​

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was born in Tryon North Carolina.  She was known professionally as Nina Simone, an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Simone was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010, a statue in her honor was erected on Trade Street in her native Tryon, North Carolina.  Also, Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.