Bill Lee Biography (1928-)

Full name William James Edwards Lee; born July 23, 1928, in Snow Hill, AL; son of Arnold W. (a musician) and Alberta G. (a concert pianist) Lee; married Jacqueline Shelton (a teacher); children: Shelton Jackson (Spike).

composer, musician
Birth Details
July 23, 1928
Snow Hill, Alabama, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Work
  • Music director and performer on the song "Nola," She's Gotta Have It (also see below), Island, 1986.
  • Music conductor of Natural Spiritual Orchestra, School Daze (alsosee below), Columbia, 1988.
  • Music conductor of Natural Spiritual Orchestra, Do the Right Thing(also see below), Universal, 1989.
  • Music director, Mo' Better Blues (also see below), Universal, 1990.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Sonny Darling, She's Gotta Have It (also see below), Island, 1986.
  • Bassist in the Phyllis Hyman Quartet, School Daze (also see below), Columbia, 1988.
  • Father of the Bride, Mo' Better Blues (also see below), Universal,1990.
  • Credits; Stage Work
  • (With Stuart Scharf) Music arranger, A Hand is on the Gate, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • Credits; Television Appearances
  • Has appeared on the television show Today and Harry Belafonte television specials.
  • Recordings; Albums
  • Performed on The Descendants of Mike and Phoebe album A Spirit Speaks, on The Brass Company album Colors, on Glass Bead Games, and with Richard Davis on Philosophy of the Spiritual (Buddah) andand With Understanding (Muse).
  • Credits; Film Music
  • Score, She's Gotta Have It, Island, 1986.
  • Score, and songs "Straight and Nappy," "Be One," and "Wake Up Suite," School Daze, Columbia, 1988.
  • Score, Do the Right Thing, Universal, 1989.
  • "Mo' Better Blues" and "Again Never," Mo' Better Blues, Universal,1990.
  • Composer of score for the short film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We CutHeads.
  • Credits; Stage Music
  • (Contributor) Yes, God is Real, Apollo Theatre, New York City, 1988.
  • Composer of the operas The Depot, One Mile East, Baby Sweets, andThe Quarter, and the children's opera Little Johnny. Also composed The Rabbi, Monica, and Juan Valdez.

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