Soulful Sundays: Abbey Lincoln

I saw Abbey Lincoln perform at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts years after I had become a fan. (The juxtaposition of the names Abbey Lincoln and the Lincoln Center caused me to question myself for a second.)

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She was wiry and dynamic. I can still hear her voice, strong and smoky, as she came on stage. In my mind, I sang along to some of my favorites but soaked in every second of her nuanced performance.

Born Anna Marie Wooldridge in Chicago (1930), Abbey Lincoln was a songwriter, activist and actress. She was married to drummer, Max Roach. Abbey Lincoln was 80 years old when she died last year in New York.

Abbey Lincoln singing \”Throw it Away\” on YouTube


6 comments on “Soulful Sundays: Abbey Lincoln

  1. Hey Katherine, would you believe I saw it too! i can’t remember how old I was when I saw it but I was quite young. I didn’t realize she was in it until you said. Yes, she was 80. She lived a long, full life, that’s for sure!
    Thanks for visiting and for bringing back that memory. I’ll have to see if Netflix has it — they probably do.

  2. I saw Abbey Lincoln in “For Love of Ivy” back in 1968. Could that be the same Abbey Lincoln? I can’t believe she could have been 80 years old when she died. But I was a junior in high school then, so…

  3. Wow! You have a brand new theme! Looks wonderful! So many photos to share and posts to read! What fun!!

  4. Thanks Marge, I’ve been tinkering around, trying out new themes. This one comes closest to what I want so I’ll keep it for a while until I find THE one!
    Thanks for visiting,

  5. She was a soulful diva and funny too. I saw her perform in Berkeley, CA years ago and my soon to be hubby told her we had just gotten engaged and she sang a song for us…. memories. 🙂

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