Rebecca Edie is the ex-wife of American pianist and pops conductor Peter Nero. She was a former Philly Pops pianist.
She was Peter's third wife. They do not share kids.
Ex-Husband Peter Died At The Age Of 89
Peter Nero died on July 6, 2023.
His daughter Beverly Nero said he died because of natural causes at a home care assisted living facility where he has lived for months.
He was a national treasure. He conducted Philly Pops for 34 years and released 34 albums. He got into fame for his hybrid beat of classics and jazz.
He used to play piano with one hand and conduct Philly Pops with another.
At 80, he was still touring in the country, and his finger was dancing gracefully even then. He has won two Grammy Awards.
Peter's Family And Siblings
Peter was born in Brooklyn in 1934. His birth name was Bernard Nierow. He was born into a well-off family.
His father was deputy commissioner of the New York City board, and his mother was a teacher at James Madison High School, where she taught Spanish to students.
He had one brother named Alan.
Peter Was A Child Prodigy
Peter started his piano lesson when he was just seven years old and mastered classical keyboard at the same age.
His parents bought $1100 worth of Steinway piano for their son at that time. He performed Haydn concertos at the age of eleven.
He impressed many people with his skills when he won a talent contest organized by the New York radio station.
He studied at the Julliard School of Music and took private classes from respected masters Abram Chasins and Constance Keene.
He debuted on national television when he turned 17 and played Rhapsody in Blue on a special hosted by the bandleader Paul Whiteman.
He also learned the jazz approach after hearing recordings by the great jazz pianist Tatum Hooked. At the age of 19, he played alongside Paul White.
Peter Was Divorced Three Times
Peter married his childhood sweetheart Maria Dunner in 1956. They had a son named Jedd and a daughter named Beverly.
He had three grandchildren. He got separated from Maria and married Peggy Altman in 1977, and he didn't have kids from his second marriage.
Finally, he tied the knot to former Philly Pops pianist Rebecca Edie, but his third marriage also ended in divorce.
Peter was 89 at the time of death.
His net worth was $1 to 5 million. He has earned this fortune from his career as a pianist and concert conductor.
Peter's Parents Forced Peter Into Music
In an interview, Peter said that his mother forced him to practice piano.
He said that none of his parents came from musical backgrounds, but both had immense love for music, so they wanted their child to pursue a music career.
He said they did everything to give him the best musical education and piano.
He shared he wanted to do many things in life, but he had no choice but to learn music.
He added he was happy and satisfied with his musical journey and mentioned he had no complaints about anything.
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