Nina Simone was a child prodigy who become the first female black concert pianist in the US. When she was rejected from the Curtis Institute of Music (allegedly due to a racial motivations), she found herself singing in Atlantic City. Her incredible talent drew interest from record execs and she was soon able to release her first album, Little Girl Blue. The disc featured her beautiful version of ‘I Loves You, Porgy’. It was 1959 and there was so much more to come.