Love Me Or Leave Me

Nina Simone

New York City, 1960

Written by Walter Donaldson, with Gus Kahn lyrics, “Love Me or Leave Me” saw its debt in the 1928 musical “Whoopee!” In addition to Nina Simone, other covering artists have included Ella Fitzgerald (just two years after this performance), Anita O’Day, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis.

What makes Simone’s rendition particularly unique is its incorporation of Bach in the solo.