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As earlier said, this piece has been versioned in numerous times. Hawkins’ theatrical performances of the song had great influence on later rock and hard rock bands like Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath or Marilyn Manson. The best known versions are those of Nina Simone (a particularly moving version), Creedence Clearwater Revival (who performed it live at the Woodstock festival), The Animals, Buddy Guy, Them, Joe Cocker, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison, Nick Cave, Tab Benoit, Tim Curry and Marilyn Manson. Really noteworthy Jeff Beck’s version is, included in his album Emotion&Commotion, in collaboration with Joss Stone. It has also been sampled and used in rap or hip hop themes by artists such as Notorious BIG or LL Cool J. The Kills achieved a similar version to the original one. Bette Midler sang her own version as a Salem’s witch character in the Disney movie Hocus Pocus. Newer versions include the disco version of Sonique, with a festive drag queen air.
The word that best characterizes Nina Simone is eclecticism. Her voice was characterized by passion, breathiness ( a gasping and breathless voice) and tremolo. Her compositions were full of improvisation and spiritual closeness. Nina had the complicity of the listener with an intentional use of silences and minimizing the accompaniment. When she sang, sometimes did striking transitions between whisper, scream and cry, trying to underline the moods contained in the songs.
Great fighter for civil rights of African people, this struggle is often expressed through her songs. Simone left the United States in 1969, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, weary of racial segregation against African Americans.
During the 60s, Simone was involved in the Civil Rights Movement and recorded some political songs.
Simone left the United States in 1970 and settled down in Barbados. Then, Miriam Makeba, singer and friend of Nina, convinced her to go to Liberia. Later, she lived in Switzerland and Holland before settling in Aix-en-Provence in southern France in 1992. In 1992, Nina Simone's autobiography titled "I Put a Spell on You ' appeared.
The July 24, 1998, Nina Simone was the special guest at the 80th birthday party of Nelson Mandela.