Aug 10, 2020
By Andy Johnson
She was regarded as Canada’s first lady of blues.
Salome Bey has died.
She was born in New Jersey and spent the late 50s and early 60s performing with her siblings in a vocal group called Andy and the Bey Sisters.
She relocated to Toronto in 1964 and became a staple on the city’s live music and musical theatre scenes.
She was nominated for a Grammy in 1977, honoured with a Toronto Arts Award and in 2005 was made an honourary Member of the Order of Canada.
Bey was forced to give up performing a decade ago because of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Salome Bey was 86.