The High Priestess -
Eunice Waymon was born in Tryon, North Carolina as the
sixth of seven children in a poor family. The child prodigy
played piano at the age of four. With the help of her
music teacher, who set up the "Eunice Waymon Fund",
she could continue her general and musical education.
She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York.
To support her family financially, she started working as
an accompanist. In the summer of 1954 she took a job in
an Irish bar in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bar owner
told her she had to sing as well. Without having time to
realize what was happening, Eunice Waymon, who was
trained to become a classical pianist, stepped into show