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Abbey Lincoln, Noted Jazz Singer, Dies

Unique song stylist, songwriter and actress was 80 years old

Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer who also earned some acclaim as a film actress, died on Saturday, August 14 at her home in New York City. She was 80. Her death was announced by her brother David Wooldridge. Ms. Lincoln had been ailing for some time and had made few if any public appearances in recent years.

Lincoln, though perhaps best known for collaboration in 1960 with Oscar Brown, Jr. and drummer Max Roach for the We Insist! The Freedom Now Suite for Candid Records, also had a successful career as an actress (most notably opposite Sidney Poitier in For Love of Ivy), but she found film work less fulfilling than singing for audiences. And after meeting Roach in 1957, she became increasingly politicized as well as passionate about the power of music as a means of self-expression. She went on to marry Roach and after the split up in 1970, she had a brief retirement from public life.

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