Bert Lee (11 June 1880 – 23 January 1946) was an English songwriter. He wrote for music hall and the musical stage, often in partnership with R. P. Weston.
Lee was born 11 June 1880 in Ravensthorpe, Yorkshire, England.
He and Weston became partners in 1915. They were prolific songwriters thanks to their workman-like attitudes. They reportedly wrote a song a day. Ultimately, they wrote more than 2000 songs including 75 skits, pantomimes, and sketches. They worked together in Weston's house in Twickenham, Middlesex.
The duo also wrote music for film, including the book and lyrics for O-kay for Sound, a 1937 film. Much of their music was written specifically for actors Sydney Howard and Stanley Holloway both noted comedians of the 1920s and '30s. These included Splinters in the Air for Howard and Squibs for Holloway. Among Lee's most endearing tunes is Knees Up Mother Brown!, which is traditionally associated with Cockney culture. This was written in 1938 in collaboration Robert Weston's son, Harris, after Robert's death in 1936. In 1938 Lee and Harris Weston co-wrote the hit stage revue These Foolish Things which starred The Crazy Gang and the Sherman Fisher Girls. The same year Lee contributed to the musical The Fleet's Lit Up.
Lee died 23 January 1946 in Llandudno, Wales. He is interred at Great Orme, Llandudno.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 11th, 1880 (Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire), Died January 23rd, 1946
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1937
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-10222||10-in.||4/24/1911||No more staying out late||Jack Norworth||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-04622||10-in.||2/7/1937||Legion of the lost||Lieut. R. Dennison ; Trinidad Constabulary Band||Instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-011143||10-in.||7/2/1937||With her head tucked underneath her arm||Connecticut Yankees ; Cyril Smith ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||77633||10-in.||1/14/1918||Fancy you fancying me||Samuel Ash||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||77665||10-in.||2/7/1918||Fancy you fancying me||John Mahan||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||77679||10-in.||2/20/1918||Fancy you fancying me||Robert Lewis||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||77689||10-in.||2/26/1918||Fancy you fancying me||Edna White Trumpet Quartette||Trumpet quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||49320||12-in.||ca. 1918||Odds and ends of 1917||Jockers Brothers||Violin and piano duet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144943||10-in.||11/1/1927||Mama's gone young, Papa's gone old||Ed Lowry||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||146236||10-in.||5/8/1928||Mamma's grown young, Papa's grown old||Jane Gray||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||76384||12-in.||approximately 1919||I've a bit of a blighty one||Vesta Tilley||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||76385||12-in.||approximately 1919||Sidney's in civvies again||Vesta Tilley||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||W400722||10-in.||5/29/1928||Mamma's grown young, Papa's grown old||Goofus Five||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 204-b]||10-in.||Nov. 1928||Roll away, clouds||Melville Gideon||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E27492||10-in.||5/7/1928||Mama’s grown young, Papa’s grown old||Al Shayne||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||18524||10-in.||5/22/1928||Mamma's grown young, Papa's grown old||7 Blue Babies ; Jack Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Gramophone||0EA620||10-in.||9/24/1934||Sitting beside o' you||Jack Jackson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Gramophone||0EA818||10-in.||8/30/1934||Dreaming a dream||Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Gramophone||0B6453||10-in.||2/27/1933||My heart's to let||Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Gramophone||0B6454||10-in.||2/27/1933||When you've fallen in love||Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lee, Bert," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113082.
Lee, Bert. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113082.
"Lee, Bert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.
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