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Swinging and Inventive Jazz GuitaristCopyright © 2002
Guitarist Remo Palmier played with Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in the early part of his career, and established his own reputation as a swinging and inventive guitarist. He was known to a wider television audience as the guitarist on The Arthur Godfrey Show, a position he held for 27 years from 1945.
He was born Remo Paul Palmieri, but later dropped the final 'i' from his name. He was self-taught on guitar, and began his professional career with the Nat Jaffe Trio in New York in 1942. In addition to the players named above, Palmier worked with Red Norvo, pianists Phil Moore and Teddy Wilson, Barney Bigard and Sarah Vaughan in the mid-1940s.
He returned to active jazz playing in the early 1970s, working with the likes of Vic Dickenson, Bobby Hackett, and as an occasional stand-in for Bucky Pizzarelli in Benny Goodman's small group. He issued the albums Windflower and Remo Palmier, and continue to perform into the 1990s, including recordings with Louis Bellson and Joe Wilder, and concerts with Benny Carter.
He had been suffering from leukemia and lymphoma. He is survived by his wife, Margery, two daughters, two brothers, and two grandchildren.