Abbey Lincoln Dies at Age of 80

Jazz singer and songwriter Abbey Lincoln died last Saturday at the age of 80. Lincoln has been widely known in the music industry for her “phrasing, emotion, and uncompromising style.”

According to reports from the Associated Press, the music artist’s health has been declining for the past year. Her filmmaker friend Carol Friedman confirmed Lincoln’s death. Friedman had been working on a documentary on the singer’s life.

It was in the 1950s and ‘60s when the music artist started her career. She already made records and acted in films, but her biggest break came in the ‘90s when her songwriting ability was recognized.

One of her biggest recognitions came in 2003 when she received the Jazz Masters Award, given by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“I’ve done what I please, told people to go bug off and exercised my independence,” Lincoln told the Associated Press in 1993.

“There are gorgeous women, there are spirited women, there are genius women — Abbey Lincoln was all of that,” Lincoln’s friend, Friedman, said. “You don’t find an artist that embodies this kind of level of physical beauty and cerebral magnificence in one package.”