Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln dies at age 80 in NY

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August 15, 2010 02:58

 
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The jazz singer and songwriter Abbey Lincoln has died in New York at age 80.

Known for her independent and uncompromising style, Lincoln made records and acted in films in the 1950s and '60s, then saw her career surge again in the 1990s when she was a songwriter.

Her death was confirmed by friend and filmmaker Carol Friedman, who's working on a documentary on Lincoln.

Lincoln had acted with Sidney Poitier and collaborated in music with the drummer Max Roach, who she married in 1962 and later divorced.

In later years, she had chart-topping albums with "You Gotta Pay the Band," which she recorded with Stan Getz, and "Devil's Got Your Tongue," in which she rebuked some rappers, comics and filmmakers for profiting from the denigration of black culture.

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