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Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln dies aged 80

Jazz singer and actress Abbey Lincoln has died in New York at the age of 80.

Her first album, Affair - A Story of a Girl in Love, was an instant success when it was released in 1956.

She also starred opposite Sidney Poitier in 1968's For Love of Ivy and acted for the first time in years in 1990 Spike Lee film Mo' Better Blues.

In later years, she excelled as a songwriter and scored hits with albums including You Gotta Pay the Band and Devil's Got Your Tongue.