Arthur Lee

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Arthur Porter Taylor, 7 March 1945, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 3 August 2006, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The son of white trumpeter Chester Taylor (he took his stepfather Clinton Lee’s surname in 1952), Lee’s musical career began in Los Angeles with Arthur Lee And The LAG’s. This instrumental group - Lee (organ), Johnny Echols (guitar), Alan Talbot (saxophone), Roland Davis (drums) - was inspired by Booker T. And The MGs as demonstrated by their lone single, ‘The Ninth Wave’ (1963). Lee also pursued a career as a songwriter, composing two surfing songs, ‘White Caps’ and ‘Ski Surfin’ Sanctuary’, and ‘My Diary’, a local R&B hit for singer Rosa Lee Brooks which featured Jimi Hendrix on guitar. Lee then began an association with producer Bob Keene’s group of labels, writing ‘I’ve Been Trying’ for protégé Little Ray and performing ‘Luci Baines’ with a new group,...

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