Bill Lee

Born: 7/23/1928 Snow Hill, AL

Jazz bassist, writer, composer, arranger, dramatic performer and singer. Lee composed and arranged the music score for all of his son, Spike Lee's, movies with several original compositions Lee has played with Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Jo Jones, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ellington's composer, Billy Strayhorn and renowned folk artist Odetta.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame



Birth name William James Edwards Lee III

Also known as William J.E. Lee

Born July 23, 1928 Snow Hill, Alabama, United States

Genres Jazz

Occupations composer, conductor, actor

Instruments  Double bass, bass guitar

Labels Columbia records

Associated acts Aretha Franklin, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins


William James Edwards "Bill" Lee III[1] (born July 23, 1928) is an American musician. He has played the bass for many artists including Cat Stevens, Harry Belafonte, Chad Mitchell Trio, Gordon Lightfoot, Aretha Franklin, Odetta, Simon and Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan. On the original release of Dylan's classic song "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", Lee on bass guitar is the only musician performing other than Dylan himself.[2]


Lee was born in Snow Hill, Alabama, the son of Alberta G., a concert pianist, and Arnold W. Lee, a musician.[3] With his first wife, Jackie, he had five children, including film director Spike Lee (born 1957), actress Joie Lee (born 1962), and filmmaker Cinqué Lee (born 1966)[4] and has composed original music for many of his son's films, including She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing and Mo' Better Blues. With his second wife, Susan, he has one son, Arnold Lee,[5] who plays alto saxophone.[6]



1^ Spike Lee Biography (1956?-)

2^ Williams, P. (2004). Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, 1960-1973 (2nd edition ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-84449-095-0.

3^ Bill Lee Biography (1928-)

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6^ Cf. C. Kilgannon, "It's Spike's 80-Year-Old Father," NY Times, 25 July 2008,


Source: Bill Lee (musician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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