Lincoln BerryLincoln, a jazz organist, was born in St. Paul, MN and was the oldest of twelve. His musical background started on the piano at age three and played his first concert when he was at five yrs old. He was named church pianist at age eight. At age fourteen he played guitar as guest artist with Sam Cooke before he left the gospel group. At 16 he played behind Mahalia Jackson for several appearances with rev Billy Graham crusade. At 17 he worked with young musicians in several states in the mid-west training them to set-up and play the Hammond organ at churches in his denomination were acquiring them in large numbers. At 18 he did his first pro gig as bassist, his 2nd as pianist, his 3rd as drummer and a few more on the piano all as a senior in high school.
In 1962, he started his true pro career in Denver, CO. He stayed there for many years. In 2007, Lincoln went back to Minneapolis, where, in 2009, his wife passed away.
after Ron Gable @ http://www.mostmetro.com/author/rgable
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