Petkere (nee Petker), Bernice Naomi (fem) 11.aug.1901-7.jan.2000 USA Illinois, Chicago - California, Los Angeles Hollywood
jewish singer, pianist, songwriter, lyricist, 'Queen of Tin Pan Alley', studied voice at Henshaw Conservatory of Music in Chicago, 1930 she worked as pianist in the music publishing firm of Waterson, Berlin and Snyder in New York City, 1938 as songwriter for Free Fame Publishing Co. and residing at 8720 Shoreham Drive in Los Angeles Beverly Hills, 1946-1954 at 6500 Yucca Street Hollywood, at time of death residing at 1351 North Crescent Heights Boulevard in West Hollywood, died at Queen of Angels Hospital, buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery ; daughter of merchant furnishing Max Mortimer Petker (Russia 12.dec.1879-16.sep.1965 Los Angeles) and Ethel Fieldman (Russia 1881-21.nov.1913 Colorado, Denver) who married 20.apr.1900 in Chicago ; stepdaughter of accountant Gussie Emily Hadenskog (New York 23.sep.1893-25.mar.1957 Los Angeles) ; 1920 she married salesman show business and producer Edward R Conne (Milwaukee 18.mar.1896-) by 1938 they were divorced ; 1942 she married violinist, Juilliard graduate, musical director of CBS in New York and producer in Hollywood Frederick N Berrens (New York City 18.mar.1891-6.apr.1975 Los Angeles)

[ASCAP 1980 gives erroneously born 11.aug.1906]

Title Parts

[L] Lullaby of the leaves. 1932
lyrics Joe Young
Lucky Thompson t-sax, Martial Solal piano, Benoit Quersin double bass, Dave Pochonet drums. Gitanes Jazz 016496

[] Starlight. 1931
her first hit, recorded by Bing Crosby

[] Close your eyes. 1933
her greatest hit, recorded by many

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