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Recorded by:
Christine Lebail, French  Search this
Subject of:
Nina Simone, American, 1933 - 2003  Search this
vinyl with ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W (album sleeve): 7 × 7 in. (17.8 × 17.8 cm)
H x W (letter): 11 × 8 1/2 in. (27.9 × 21.6 cm)
record covers
45 rpm records
Place made:
Paris, France, Europe
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
A 45 rpm record of Nina Simone's single "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black" as recorded by French singer Christine Lebail, with a letter to Andy Stroud from Ivan Mogull asking for Simone's written praise.
The vinyl record (a) has a pink and white label at the center, one side reading [FACE A / Prendre Le Vent] and the other reading [FACE B / BEL ENFANT NOIR 2'45 / Musique de Nina Simone / Parole de Frank Gérald / CHRISTINE LEBAIL]. A red "X" has been added by hand on either side of the Side B label. The record album sleeve (b) features a headshot of Lebail set against an orange background with [christine / LEBAIL / BEL ENFANT NOIR / PRENDRE LE VENT] in white text on the left side. The back of the sleeve features black text on a yellow background with [CHRISTINE LEBAIL] across the top and lyrics for "Prendre Le Vent" on the left and "Bel Enfant Noir" on the right. A red "X" has been added by hand on either side of the text [BEL ENFANT NOIR]. At the bottom is the copyright notice [1971 BAGATELLE - 10, rue Washington - Paris 8]. At top right is [disc AZ] logo.
The letter (c) is a single sheet of [ivan mogull music corporation] letterhead and is printed on one side in black typewritten ink. It is dated [November 8, 1971] and addressed to [Mr. Andy Stroud / Stroud Productions]. At center is written [Re: "TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK" / Music by Nina Simone / Lyrics by Wildon J. Irvine]. The content of the letter states that a copy of the album is enclosed and that [our associate in France] has asked that Nina comment on the recording that [she likes it very much; thanking her for recording the song in French]. The letter is signed at the bottom [Cordially, / Ivan Mogull]. There are no markings on the back.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© 1971 Bagatelle
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