Abbey Lincoln

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About Abbey Lincoln

As with her hero Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln was a dramatic performer whose interpretations were full of truth and insight. She recorded with Benny Carter in 1956, and debuted on Riverside one year later. She was quite memorable on Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, and the two were married in 1962 (an association that lasted until 1970). Her Candid date Straight Ahead (1961) had among its players Roach, Booker Little, Eric Dolphy, and Coleman Hawkins. Her pair of Billie Holiday tributes in 1987 showed listeners that the singer was still in her prime, and she recorded several excellent sets for Verve in the 1990s. ~ Scott Yanow

Chicago, IL, United States
August 6, 1930

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