Simone, Nina. (1933–2003)
Signed photograph of the legendary jazz singer and civil rights activist, who is shown in a promotional photograph for Colpix Records, ca. 1959-1964. She has signed and inscribed at the left to Paul McMahon. Very fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.2 x 26 cm).
Colpix was the first big label for singer and pianist Nina Simone after having made her debut on Bethlehem Records. She recorded albums for the label from 1959 (The Amazing Nina Simone) through 1964 (Folksy Nina). In 1966 Colpix released Nina Simone with Strings, an album of left-overs with strings added, when Simone was already signed to Philips Records.
From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications.