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Salome Bey


SALOME BEY (vocalist, actress, songwriter) was born in Newark , N.J. 1939 (?). Bey is known as “Canada’s First Lady of the Blues”. She sang with her brother Andy and sister Geraldine, across the U.S and Canada and relocated to Toronto in 1966. Her achievements in addition to many concerts and nightclub, theatre, radio and TV appearances, include 2 albums with Horace Silver, a Dora Mavor Moore award for “Indigo” a history of black music she wrote and starred in, a Grammy nomination for “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God” (cast recording) , and an Obie in 1972 for “Justine” . Bey was made an honourary member of the Order of Canada in 2005.