What Nina Simone and Billy Joel have in common

We recently watched the amazing Netflix documentary about jazz legend Nina Simone, What happened, Miss Simone?

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. Here is a direct video link.

The story of how Simone trained to be a classical pianist and then was reluctantly forced into jazz music and singing reminded me of the story Billy Joel tells of how he too trained as a classical pianist and had to transition to a career in pop music and singing only by default. He explains in this 2012 podcast with Alec Baldwin which is well worth the listen.

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