Salome Bey, Canada's First Lady of the Blues, has died

2020-08-10 | Since 1 Month

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Salome Bey — affectionately known as Canada's "First Lady of the Blues" — has died.

The Grammy-nominated Bey was a multi-disciplinary performer and honourary member of the Order of Canada who achieved legendary status during her life due to contributions in both music and theatre. 

Bey died Saturday, Aug. 8 in Toronto, at age 86, according to the family's publicist. No cause of death was given, but the family's release said the singer began showing signs of dementia in 2004. 

Born in Newark, N.J., Bey was a student at the well-known Arts High, the performing arts high school also responsible for producing jazz greats Wayne Shorter and Sarah Vaughan. Together with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey, she toured the United States and Europe as vocal group Andy and the Bey Sisters.

After making their first appearance in Toronto in 1961, Salome settled there in 1964 and began playing the jazz club circuit, soon earning the sobriquet that would be with her the rest of her life: "Canada's First Lady of the Blues."

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