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Studio album by Nina Simone
Released November, 1964
Recorded New York City, 1964
Genre Vocal, soul, jazz, folk, blues
Label Philips
Producer Hal Mooney
Nina Simone chronology
Nina Simone in Concert
I Put a Spell on You
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media8.0/10[2]

Broadway-Blues-Ballads is an album by singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone. It was her second album for Philips. In contrast to her first Philips album, the live In Concert, which was politically laden with civil rights motifs, this studio album is more playful[citation needed]. It is not regarded as one of Simone's best efforts[citation needed], though it contains songs that became standards in her repertoire.

Information about songs on this album[edit]

  • "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" was written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus and is one of Simone's most well known songs. Arranger and conductor Horace Ott co-wrote this song, but credited it under his wife's name Gloria Caldwell.
  • "How Can I?", "I Am Blessed", "Don't Take All Night", "Of This I'm Sure", "Our Love (Will See Us Through)" were also written by Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus.
  • "See Line Woman" became a standard in Simone's live repertoire. It is loosely based on a traditional children's song, "Sea Lion Woman."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus) - 2:48
  2. "Night Song" (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse) - 3:06
  3. "The Laziest Gal in Town" (Cole Porter) - 2:19
  4. "Something Wonderful" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 2:46
  5. "Don't Take All Night" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:54
  6. "Nobody" (Alex Rogers, Bert Williams) - 4:18
  7. "I Am Blessed" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:57
  8. "Of This I'm Sure" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:37
  9. "See-Line Woman" ([traditional] American folk, George Bass, Nina Simone) - 2:38
  10. "Our Love (Will See Us Through)" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 3:01
  11. "How Can I?" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:05
  12. "The Last Rose of Summer" (Thomas Moore, Richard Alfred Milliken, Nina Simone) - 3:08
  • on some CD releases the single "A Monster" is added as a bonus track. (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:47



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Wallace, Carvell (30 July 2016). "Nina Simone : Broadway-Blues-Ballads". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 30 July 2016.