Abbey Lincoln has died. Ms. Lincoln was a pop-jazz singer, but I mostly remember her from one great movie: the iconic and groundbreaking film, Nothing But A Man. Lincoln and Ivan Dixon turned in perfect performances in this black and white classic. But what I remember the movie most for was the soundtrack, which really introduced me to Martha & The Vandellas (“Heatwave”) and Little Stevie Wonder – remember when he was “little”? – (“Fingertips”). The Miracles, The Marvelettes and Mary Wells also had their music in the smoky soundtrack.
Abbey Lincoln can be proud for having taken part and left this work behind.