Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of ’18 includes Nina Simone, Bon Jovi and others

North Carolina native Nina Simone has been voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s in the 2018 class alongside Bon Jovi, Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. They’ll all be inducted April 14 at the hall in Cleveland.

Born in Tryon in 1933, Simone was a wide-ranging singer known as “The High Priestess of Soul” – fluent in jazz and classical as well as R&B. In 1963, she wrote “Mississippi Goddam”in response to civil-rights worker Medgar Evers’ murder and the Birmingham, Ala., church bombing that killed four young girls. The song made Simone an icon of the civil-rights era, even if she believed it ultimately harmed her career. Read more

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