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Salome Bey

Salome Bey (1933–2020), Canada’s first lady of the blues

by Kirk Fox

Salome Bey was Canada’s first lady of the blues, a popular performer in Toronto who was made an honorary member of the Order of Canada.   

  • Died: Saturday, August 8, 2020 (Who else died on August 8?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 86.   
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Canadian Star 

Bey was born in Newark, New Jersey, where she was a member of the sibling musical act Andy & the Bey Sisters. She moved to Toronto in 1964 and became a popular live music draw. She recorded albums with jazz great Horace Silver and sang on the 1985 music star charity song “Tears Are Not Enough” that featured Canadian legends Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot. Bey wrote and starred in “Indigo,” a blues and jazz cabaret about the history of Black music. The show was broadcast on TV and won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. 

Full Obituary: Globe and Mail

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