Guide to the Dr. Carrol Waymon Interview, 2006

Summary Information

Title: Dr. Carrol Waymon Interview, 2006
Collection: AC.381
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Dr. Carrol Waymon Interview consists of a compact disc recording of an interview with Dr. Carrol Waymon on National Public Radio station WNCW. This interview covers the childhood and music career of his sister, singer Nina Simone.

Creator: Waymon, Carrol

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Carrol Waymon is the older brother of jazz musician Nina Simone. Nina Simone and Carrol Waymon were born to John Divine and Mary Kate Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina. Mary Kate Waymon was a minister. Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon (1933 – 2003), attended Julliard's School of Music for piano. In 1950, the Waymons moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After deciding to perform secular music in 1954, she chose the stage name Nina Simone because of her mother's distaste of non-religious music. She was known as the High Priestess of Soul. Songs she is best known for include "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I Put a Spell On You", "I Loves You Porgy", "Feeling Good", "Sinnerman", "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Strange Fruit", and "Ain't got no-I got life." She was known for openly addressing racism within her songs. In part because of her strong distaste for racism, she left the United States in 1970. Simone was friends with literary figures Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. In 1992, she moved to France where she lived the remainder of her life.

Scope and Contents

Waymon speaks about the Waymon's family life, the beginning of his sister Nina Simone's music career, education, songs, friendship with Malcolm X, relocation to Europe. Many of Simone's songs are included in the broadcast.


This collection is arranged in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was donated to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Accession number is AC.2007.017. This collection opened to the public in Fall 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, September, 2007; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, September, 2007

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.381: Dr. Carrol Waymon Interview, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Interview with Dr. Carrol Waymon, 2006 [2 CD copies] ACSC_Box 10.31