Norma Teagarden studied piano with her mother and became an outstanding pianist, with a worldwide reputation. She started working professionally in Oklahoma City around 1926, then moved to New Mexico in 1929 and worked in various territory bands. In 1935, she led her own band in Oklahoma City, then again in Long Beach, California in 1942.
In 1944, she joined brother Jack Teagarden's band and toured with him. After this, she moved back to California and worked with Ben Pollack, Matty Matlock, Ada Leonard, Ted Vesley, Pete Daily, and Ray Bauduc. She again joined Jack Teagarden in 1952.
She married John Friedlander in 1955.
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