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Chicago, United States (1956 – 2007)

Abbey Lincoln (born Anna Marie Wooldridge on August 6, 1930, Chicago, Illinois – died August 14, 2010, Manhattan, New York), was a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress.

Her first album, Abbey Lincoln’s Affair, A Story of a Girl in Love was released in 1956. Also that year Lincoln starred in the film The Girl Can’t Help It, for which she famously wore a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe.

Lincoln sang on the 1960s landmark jazz civil rights recording, We Insist! - Freedom Now Suite in 1960 by jazz musician and Lincolns husband from 1962-1970, Max Roach. Especially since this album, Abbey Lincoln was connected to the political fight against racism in the United States.

She co-starred with Sidney Poitier and Beau Bridges in 1968’s For Love of Ivy and received a 1969 Golden Globe nomination for her appearance in the film. She also starred in the 1990 Spike Lee movie Mo’ Better Blues.

In 2003, she received the National Endowment for the Arts NEA Jazz Masters Award.

Lincoln died on August 14, 2010 in Manhattan at the age of 80. Although no official cause of death was given, Lincoln had suffered deteriorating health following open heart surgery in 2007. She passed away in a Manhattan nursing home.


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  • liusenhao


    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • PP667


    28 Jul 2014 Reply

    Abbey Lincoln is/was a fantastic singer ..... I wished that I had listened to her while she was alive ...... I can understand why her favorite singer was Miss Billy Holiday ...... The style that she sings her songs in is wonderful ......

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • stuntcat

    such a style, I love her. Wish I'd known of her when she was alive ♪♫ ♪♡

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • tokyochorus

    just be quiet bluemabin

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Theeboon

    Abbey Lincoln & Archie Shepp - Painted Lady (1980)

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • moglidabear

    what a gorgeous voice and spirit.

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • bluemabin

    abbey lincoln and others of her ilk and style and generation. Lady Gaga? Fergie? Katey Perry? pink? mariah? makes me throw up in my mouth

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • amydelasfotos

    We will continue to listen divine spirit! Thank you Abbey!

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • stvo


    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • stkyfngz

    RIP Abbey Licoln

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • xinty

    Love this woman, her music and her politics! I shall continue to listen to her each day... RIP Abbey Lincoln 'Aminata Moseka' your music is a fitting legacy of lifes loves...

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • MilesBachman

    I will never forget Abbey Lincoln.

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • teatime13

    The Lady is so Lovely Naturally.

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ma_pomme

    Zut !

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • BoultonRox5

    May you REST IN PEACE... Your contributions will be felt by generations to come. Thank YOU for the music but also for being a courageous Black Woman at a time when it was needed......

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • vorstellung


    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • anja2991


    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • nolteCOD

    RIP :(

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • shinya1966

    Her 'Afro Blue' was my favorite... R.I.P.

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
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