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Bee Palmer

Born: Sep 11, 1894

Death: Dec 22, 1967

Birthplace: Chicago

Nationality: United States

Bee Palmer

Date of Birth : Sep 11, 1894
Date of Death : Dec 22, 1967
Birth Place : Chicago

Bee Palmer was a singer and dancer born Beatrice C. Palmer in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Palmer first attracted significant attention as one of the first exponents of the "shimmy" dance in the late 1910s. She was sometimes credited as the creator of the "shimmy". She first appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1918. She toured with an early jazz band, which included such notables as Emmett Hardy, Leon Ropollo and Santo Pecora in addition to pianist/songwriter Al Siegel. The band was called "Bee Palmer's New Orleans Rhythm Kings". With some personnel changes, the Rhythm Kings went on to even greater fame after parting ways with Palmer. In 1921, an alleged affair with boxing champ Jack Dempsey created a scandal and a lawsuit. She is credited as co-composer of the pop song standard "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone". She made a few recordings which were not issued at the time. Thanks to surviving test pressings/masters, the recordings were finally issued in the 1990s and 2000s.

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