Ben L’Oncle Soul Is Feeling Good about Nina Simone

I Shazamed this song during last week’s episode of Bravo’s Imposters. I’d never heard of Ben L’Oncle Soul before but, damn, “Feeling Good” . . .

. . . sure sounded a lot like Nina Simone.

Turns out I was more right than I knew. Simone herself recorded the song in 1965:

I really need to dig a bit deeper than the two greatest hits compilations I have of her music. There are clearly a lot more gems in her catalog for me to mine.

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Misunderstood Artists

For the last track on her recent album HoneymoonLana Del Rey covered the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”:

Because I came up through rock, I’ve always thought of the song as belonging to The Animals, who had a Top 20 hit with it in 1965:

However, I recently discovered that Nina Simone* released her own version a few months earlier on the 1964 album Broadway-Blues-Ballads:

This version was sampled by Lil Wayne and is featured in the new promo for J-Lo’s undercover cop series, Shades of Blue.

Santa Esmeralda released a disco version in 1977, which later ended up in Kill Bill:

Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane, on the other hand, claim they want to be misunderstood:

Bonus track: Here’s a new live version of Natalie Prass‘s “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”:


* Del Rey also covered Simone’s “The Other Woman” on Ultraviolence.