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Why? (The King of Love Is Dead)
1968 Gene Taylor
Written by Simone's bass player Gene Taylor after the news of Martin Luther King's death (4 April 1968) had reached him. Nina performed it at Westbury Music Fair in New York, three days after his murder. Nina's performance was recorded on the live album 'Nuff Said, which later received an Emmy nomination.

We learned that song that day. We didn't have a chance to have two or three days of rehearsal. But when you're feeling compassion and outrage and wanting to express what you know the world is feeling, we did it because that's what we felt.
-Sam Waymon

Recording sessions
1968 April 7: Westbury (US-NY) Music Fair
extended version
 
short version
Of course this whole program is dedicated
To the memory of Dr Martin Luther King
You know that really
 
original unedited version
 
 
1968 June: London (UK) Granada TV
 
 
1986 December 21: Zürich (CH) Kongresshaus
 
2000 April 13-14: São Paulo (BR) Via Funchal
 
Unknown recording session
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