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Guitarist Remo Palmier Dies at 78

Remo Palmier, a jazz guitarist who came up during bebop’s early years and enjoyed a 27-year career with CBS as part of Arthur Godfrey’s television and radio shows, died Saturday, Feb. 2 of leukemia and lymphoma. He was 78.

Born Mar. 29, 1923 in the Bronx, Palmier taught himself how to play guitar and was a professional musician by age 19, playing with Nat Jaffe’s trio. Palmier worked steadily through the ’40s, playing with popular jazz artists like Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie. In the late ’40s Palmier began an association Arthur Godfrey, a television and radio host who worked for CBS. Palmier taught Godfrey to play ukulele, the instrument Godfrey would become famously associated with. After Godfrey retired, Palmier recorded two albums for Concord, 1977’s Windflower with guitarist Herb Ellis and 1978’s Remo Palmier.

Palmier is survived by his wife, Margery, two daughters, two brothers and two grandchildren.

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