Happy birthday to the late Nina Simone! Known as the “High Priestess of Soul” for her stage performances. Simone studied music at the Julliard School of Music, where she became a songwriter and arranger. She wrote the collection of songs that became the standard for her sound. She was a civil rights activist, and after 1964 began including civil rights messages in some of her songs. She passed away on April 21, 2003.