Dee PalmerAfter her military career, Dee Palmer found fame with the band, Jethro Tull. But fame and fortune doesn't necessarily bring you happiness as Dee reveals in this fascinating interview.
Dee Palmer – Film 1Dee Palmer was raised in a mining community near Wolverhampton. Born with autism and gender dysphoria, he struggled with his identity from an early age. After seeking some advice from a neighbour, he decided to enlist in the army and in 1953 joined the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards.
Dee Palmer – Film 2On July 2nd 1953, a date she clearly recalls, Dee arrived at the London barracks.He started on the trumpet before moving to the clarinet. He recalls a moment in the Serpentine. Initially Kneller Hall held little interest to Dee.
Dee Palmer – Film 3Dee arrived at Kneller Hall on the 5th October 1955 and was posted to C Company 7 Squad. He belives his autism helped him develop his musical ability very quickly. When he left a year later, he won the The Cassel Music Prize, the Cousins Music Prize and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Prize.
Dee Palmer – Film 4Dee recalls teaching at an east end boys club with the Director of music. They taught them the clarinet, Oboe and flute. To be in the band of The Royal Regiment of Horse Guards meant of course you needed to ride a horse as well as play your instrument. Dee talks about his equitation training and a favoured horse called Guineafowl.
Dee Palmer – Film 5Dee talks in detail about equitation. Some good, some bad, some terrible moments.
Dee Palmer – Film 6Dee fell out of love with the army but deeply in love with a woman who understood his quirks. It's an emotional account with a cathartic ending. Post military Dee talks about her success with Jethro Tull and the opportunities that opened up to her. Thanks for your time Dee.
After her military career, Dee Palmer found fame with the band, Jethro Tull. But fame and fortune doesn’t necessarily bring you happiness as Dee reveals in this fascinating interview.