Jordan J. Lloyd

April 14, 2021

🇳🇱 Nina Simone, 1965

Original negative by Ron Kroon, colorized by me. Taken 14th December, 1965, Netherlands (Nationaal Archief, CC0 License)

Nina Simone had a notable relationship with the Netherlands during the course of her long career. During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Simone switched her record distribution to the Dutch owned Philips Records for a period of three years. A recording of Simone performing at the Mickery Theatre in Loenersloot with Lisle Atkinson on bass, Rudy Stevenson on guitar and Bobby Hamilton on drums (shortly after this portrait was taken) can be found online. In the late 1980s, Simone relocated to Nijmegen in the Netherlands, living a somewhat happy (and relatively) anonymous existence with her carer Jackie Hammond, before then moving to Amsterdam. Simone stayed in the Netherlands for five years before permanently settling in France.


Original caption reads, "Portret van de Amerikaanse zangeres Nina Simone die met kerst op televisie zal verschijnen ('Portrait of the American singer Nina Simone who will appear on television for Christmas')"

This photograph has been cropped, restored and altered from the original scan.

About Jordan J. Lloyd

British author, visual historian and Creative Director of Unseen Histories, bringing the past to life for The Times, LIFE and Unsplash.