Here are some videos in remembrance of a great singer, composer, and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln. She passed away on August 14 at the age of 80. I thought it best today if we just listen and enjoy the work of this beautiful and talented woman. RIP Abbey.
Abbey Lincoln on the Steve Allen Show:
Abbey in “The Girl Can’t Help It”
Abbey with former husband Max Roach
“Joy Spring” is a 1954 standard written by Clifford Brown for his wife Nancy. He called her his Joy Spring. It’s a bouncy, joyful and loving song. They must have been truly happy together. Of course, they both tragically died in a car accident 2 years later along with the pianist on this piece Ritchie Powell. Clearly it’s a cautionary tale for those of us with ordinary surnames. Max Roach, on the other hand, with his far cooler moniker lived to the ripe old age of 83.