Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin are both very important women in American music history. Simone was born in 1933, so her parents were from the G.I generation. Franklin was born in 1942, so her parents were from the Silent Generation (Strauss and Howe 1991). Even though they are from different generations, they share a close connection.
They both began their music careers before the age of 10 in their family’s churches.
Also, they played the same instruments- piano as well as voice - and were influenced by Bessie Smith.
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