Lincoln, the jazz legend who transformed herself from a supper-club singer into a powerful voice in the civil-rights movement, died Saturday. She was 80. Fresh Air revisits two interviews with the respected performer, actress and songwriter.
Portions of this interview were originally broadcast on March 25, 1986, and June 16, 1996.
Jazz singer/songwriter, Abbey Lincoln. Her new record is "Devil's Got Your Tongue" (Verve). Once married to legendary jazz drummer Max Roach, she's made her mark on jazz for almost 40 years, singing with giants like Benny Carter, Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins. Lincoln has been hailed by one critic as the "Last Great Diva", and says herself that she sings in the tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. (Rebroadcast from 6-16-93).