Born: October 28, 1939 Primary Instrument: Piano
Singer Andy Bey is one of this country's best-kept secrets as an interpreter of the American songbook. Born on Oct. 28, 1939, in Newark, N.J., Bey was self-taught at the piano, and by the age of 3 could play by ear (he did receive formal lessons in piano and singing later on).
In the early 1950s, Bey got his first real professional exposure with the television show Startime, with Connie Francis. He was with the show for five years. During this time (1953), he sang with Louis Jordan at the Apollo Theatre in New York. With the name Andy and the Bey Sisters, he worked for 10 years with his sisters Geraldine and Salome, touring internationally....
Andy Bey with the Bey Sisters, Now!Hear! (Prestige, 1964)
Andy Bey with the Bey Sisters, Round Midnight (Prestige, 1965)
Andy Bey, Experience And Judgement (Atlantic, 1974)
Andy Bey, As Time Goes By (Jazzette, 1991)
Andy Bey, Ballads, Blues And Bey (Evidence, 1996)
Andy Bey, Shades Of Bey (Evidence, 1998)
Andy Bey, Tuesdays At Chinatown (Encoded Music, 2001)
Andy Bey, American Song (Savoy Jazz, 2004)
Andy Bey, Chillin' With Andy Bey (ECM, 2005)
Andy Bey, Ain't Necessarily So (2007, 12thStreet)
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