Lester Lee

Lester Lee (November 7, 1903 - June 19, 1956) was an American composer. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Original Song for the film Miss Sadie Thompson. Lee died in June 1956 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 52.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 7, 1903 (New York City), Died June 19, 1956 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, composer, saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-43361 10-in. 3/14/1928 Was last night the last for you? Walter O'Keefe Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-43362 10-in. 3/14/1928 You've got a lot to learn Walter O'Keefe Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar songwriter  
Victor BS-036996 10-in. 5/29/1939 A shave and a haircut—shampoo Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-041408 10-in. 9/11/1939 Hot mallets Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-042922 10-in. 10/9/1939 Chico's love song (Ma-na-ja fah-la pas-ka lah-tah) Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-071696 10-in. 1/30/1942 How do I know it's real? Freddy Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal songwriter  
Victor BS-071806 10-in. 2/2/1942 How do I know it's real? Carl Denny ; Hal McIntyre Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-073671 10-in. 4/1/1942 Pennsylvania polka Andre Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-074756 10-in. 7/20/1942 Pennsylvania polka Art Kassel Trio ; Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor D6VB-2936 10-in. 9/26/1946 Inflation Zeke Manners ; Zeke Manners Band Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-2690 10-in. 12/15/1947 They're out to trap ya Zeke Manners ; Singing Lariateers ; Zeke Manners Band Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Columbia 141925 10-in. 4/6/1926 There are two sides to every story Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh W400626 10-in. 4/19/1928 Was last night the last night with you? Madeline Beatty Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
OKeh W400635 10-in. 4/26/1928 Was last night the last night with you? Madeline Beatty Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick E27262 10-in. 4/3/1928 You’ve got a lot to learn Wes Thomas Cornell Collegians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus; without vocal (take G) songwriter  
Brunswick E18106-E18107 10-in. 2/25/1926 There are two sides to every story Frank Bessinger Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
Brunswick E26762-E26764 10-in. 3/1/1928 My rainbow Herbert Gordon ; Hotel Adelphia Whispering Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E26764). songwriter  
Edison 18147 10-in. 1/3/1928 My rainbow Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Edison S-44 10-in. 1928 My rainbow (?) - Unidentified test recording Unidentified performer(s) (Edison Records) songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lee, Lester," accessed January 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110018.

Lee, Lester. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110018.

"Lee, Lester." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 January 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110018

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