Saturday, August 14, 2010

NY Times-The Beautiful and Talented Abbey Lincoln, 80, Has Gone Home

Abbey Lincoln: Charles Higgins, Jr./NY Times
(Story reported by Nate Chinen for the NY Times)

Abbey Lincoln, a singer whose dramatic vocal command and tersely poetic songs made her a singular figure in jazz, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 80 and lived on the Upper West Side.

Her death was announced by her brother David Wooldridge.

Ms. Lincoln’s career encompassed outspoken civil rights advocacy in the 1960s and fearless introspection in more recent years, and for a time in the 1960s she acted in films, including one with Sidney Poitier.

(click here to read the full story on the NY Times website. May GOD Rest Abbey Lincoln's beautiful soul and comfort her family in their time of grief and need)


msladydeborah said...

I hope that in the near future Abbey's earlier bodies of work will be highlighted again. I sat and listened to her last night. The woman was/is truly an amazing talent. May she rest in peace!

Bmc said...

@msladydeborah: I agree, and she was also a phenomenal actress--"For The Love of Ivy", "Nothing But a Man" for instance--whose amazing ability to externalize that complex "inner life" in such emotional poetry, was a precursor to actresses like Angela Bassett and Viola Davis and others who followed in Abbey's great footsteps. GOD Rest her beautiful soul.