Born: September 11, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: December 22, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA
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Bee Palmer (11 September 1894 – 22 December 1967), was a United States singer and dancer. She was
born Beatrice C. Palmer in Chicago.
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" (although there were other claimants
at the time as well).
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 pianist/songwriter Al Siegel (who Palmer married). 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 (including a session with Frankie
Trumbauer), thanks to surviving test pressings/masters the recordings were finally issued in the 1990s
Run, Girl, Run (1928)