Singleton Palmer

        Popular St. Louis jazz musician and band leader

        Birth:                            November 13, 1912

        Death:                          March 8, 1993

        Birthplace:                    St. Louis, Missouri

        Date of Interview:         August 9, 1981

        Interviewer:                  Dan Havens


Singleton Palmer began playing trumpet in the late 1930ís at Sumner High School.  He soon began to play the tuba.  Then, in the 1930ís, he learned to play string bass.  Mr. Palmer went on to perform with the Oliver Cobb Orchestra, Erskine Tateís Orchestra, Fate Marable, Dewey Jackson, and the George Hudson Orchestra.  He left St. Louis in 1947 to play string bass for Count Basieís band.  He returned in 1950 and started his own band, the Dixieland Six, a group that he would lead for more than forty years.  This popular group performed regularly at the Opera House in Gaslight Square and on the Robert E. Lee and Goldenrod showboats.

For the table of contents for the Interview of Singleton Palmer, please click on this link:  Oral History and Research Materials:  Singleton Palmer

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