The turning point in Nina's career came when she was rejected from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1951. Nina – born Eunice Kathleen Waymon – was a child prodigy, and a fund had been set up by inhabitants of her native Tryon, North Carolina to help her become the first female black concert pianist in the US. The surprise rejection left her drifting and broke.
After a number of 'real' jobs, Eunice adopted a stage name (Nina, given to her as a pet name by her then boyfriend) to ensure her Methodist minister mother wouldn’t find out she was playing “the devil’s music” in an Atlantic City bar. After the first night, she was told she'd have to start singing if she wanted to keep her job, she quickly developed a set and following which led to Bethlehem records releasing her first album, 'Little Girl Blue' in 1959.
Nina signed over the rights to all her early recordings to Bethlehem for $3000, a decision that came back to haunt her when, somewhat inexplicably, her recording of 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' a song that had been pretty much ignored for the previous thirty years became a huge hit all over Europe due to it sound tracking a perfume advert. Nina made almost no money from the song's rediscovery but, it brought her music to a wider audience and meant that she no longer HAD to work, recording and playing live, only when she wanted to until her death in 2003.
Printed on 250 gsm matt paper the poster is available four sizes and three framed colour options, black, white and wood.
The frames we use are made from solid wood, sourced from a sustainable forest.