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Abbey Lincoln created a name for himself in the American musical circuit. With this biography, get details about his life in general.

Quick Facts
Famous as
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist
Nationality
Born on
06 August 1930
Birthday
Century
Died At Age
80
Sun Sign
Leo    Leo Women
Born in
Chicago
Died on
14 August 2010
place of death
Manhattan
siblings
David Wooldridge
Spouse/Partner:
Max Roach
awards:
2003 - National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award.
Abbey Lincoln
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A singer with a touch of emotion, Abbey Lincoln created a niche for herself in the world of music. She was a legendary jazz vocalist who brought dramatic quality to music. An actress, artist and composer by profession, Lincoln, during her stint as a singer, created avant-garde music that justified her role as a civil rights activist as well. However, this did not mean that there was no glamorous side to Lincoln. In fact, she was popularly cited as the “black Marilyn Monroe” after she sported the dress worn by the latter in the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. In addition to music albums, Abbey Lincoln was also seen in a couple of movies. The following write-up dwells with up-to-date information on the life and career of Abbey Lincoln. Read on to know more.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Born as Anna Marie Wooldridge, Abbey grew up in rural Michigan.
  • Her interest in music was developed at an early age, and soon she was a part of the school and church choirs. What distinguished Lincoln from her fellow singers was her ability to bring to life the emotional content of the lyrics, which was also penned by her.
  • Lincoln won an amateur contest when she was 19.
Career
  • Lincoln moved to Honolulu when she was 22, where she sung at a nightclub under the pseudonym Gaby Lee.
  • Upon returning to California, Lincoln met lyricist Bob Russell, who became her manager and renamed her Abbey Lincoln.
  • Year 1956 witnessed Abbey recording her first album, “Abbey Lincoln Affair: A Story of a Girl in Love” for Riverside Records.
  • The following year, she moved to New York City and worked at the Village Vanguard. It was during her performance at the Village Vangaurd that Abbey met drummer, composer and bebop innovator Max Roach, who introduced her to New York’s jazz elite.
  • Abbey and Roach collaborated throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Together with Charles Mingus, Oscar Brown and John Coltrane, Abbey and Roach were in the middle of Civil Rights movement.
  • In 1960, Abbey Lincoln recorded Roach's masterpiece, “We Insist! Freedom Now Suite”. Her lyrics for the same was connected to the civil rights movement in America.This was a major makeover from her glamorous avatar right into a radical one, with her dressing up in a complete Afro-style and infusing her music with a political edge.
  • Next, Lincoln teamed up with Hentoff to record, “Straight Ahead”.
  • In the 1980’s, Lincoln released fewer albums in the decade. However, in the 1990s, she completed her 10-album contract with Verve records. These albums not only gave Lincoln a new found fame but became the most highly regarded and crowned work in her overall career.
  • Lincoln’s career as a actress started with the film, “Nothing But a Man”, where she co-starred with Ivan Dixon.
  • She created ripples with the movie “The Girl Can’t Help It”. The reason for the same was she was seen sporting the same dress that Marilyn Monroe had worn for the movie “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”.
  • Year 1968 witnessed her in the movie “For Love of Ivy”, where she co-starred with Sidney Poitier and Beau Bridges.
  • Later in 1990, she played the role of young Bleek Gilliams’ mother in Spike Lee’s movie “Mo’ Better Blues”.
Awards & Achievements
  • Lincoln received 1969 Golden Globe nomination for her appearance in the film, “For Love of Ivy”.
  • In 2003, Lincoln received a National endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Lincoln tied the nuptial knot with Max Roach in the year 1962. Roach had a daughter from his previous marriage, Maxine who appeared in several of Lincoln’s albums.
  • The union did not stay for long and the two divorced eight years after their marriage in 1970.
  • Lincoln breathed her last on August 14, 2010 in Manhattan at the age of 80, after suffering frfom deteriorating health condition. No definite cause of death was known. Post creamtion, her ashes were scattered.
  • She is survived by her brothers, David Wooldridge and Kenneth Wooldridge and a sister Juanita Baker.

ABBEY LINCOLN TIMELINE

1930:

 Abbey Lincoln was born   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1952:

 Moved to Honolulu; Sung at a nightclub under the pseudonym Gaby Lee   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1956:

 Made debut with her album, "Abbey Lincoln Affair   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1957:

 Moved to New York   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1960:

 Recorded Roach's masterpiece, "We Insist! Freedom Now Suite".   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1962:

 Married Max Roach   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1968:

 Was seen in the movie "For Love of Ivy "   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1969:

 Received Golden Globe nomination for her appearance in the film, "For Love of Ivy".   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1970:

 Divorced with Max Roach   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

1990:

 Played a role in Spike Lee's movie "Mo' Better Blues".   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

2003:

 Received National endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award.   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

2010:

 Abbey Lincoln breathed her last   EDITSomething Wrong? Help Us Clean It Up. Tell Us About It.

 
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Pictures of Abbey Lincoln

Books by Abbey Lincoln

    Forbidden

    by Abbey Lincoln

    The Intern (The Intern Series)

    by Abbey Lincoln

    ABBEY IS BLUE by ABBEY LINCOLN [Korean Imported] (1997)

    by ABBEY LINCOLN

Books About Abbey Lincoln

    The Castle and City of Lincoln, Lincolnshire Priories, Abbeys and Parish Churches, Castles and Country Houses, Monuments, and Collections of Pictures and Sculpture

    by A. Et Al Hill J W F. Hamilton Thompson

    The Decalogue,: Being the Warburton lectures delivered in Lincoln's Inn and Westminster abbey, 1919-1923,

    by R. H Charles

    The Decalogue: Being the Warburton Lectures Delivered in Lincoln's Inn and Westminster Abbey, 1919-1923 (Classic Reprint)

    by H. Charles

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