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Arthur Lee

Songwriter + Musician + Singer
Male
Born Mar 7, 1945

Arthur Lee was the frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the Los Angeles rock band Love, best known for the critically acclaimed 1967 album, Forever Changes.

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Timeline

Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Arthur Lee.

CHILDHOOD

1945 Birth Born in 1945.
1953 8 Years Old In 1953 his mother married Clinton Lee, who adopted Arthur and legally changed his name to Arthur Taylor Lee. … Read More

TEENAGE

1963 18 Years Old His first known recording is from 1963. … Read More

TWENTIES

1965 20 Years Old Lee said when he first heard The Byrds he felt vindicated since he'd already been writing music that had a similar folk rock sound. In 1965 the Grass Roots, his folk rock unit, changed their name to Love because there was already a signed act called The Grass Roots. … Read More
1971 26 Years Old In 1971, Lee was signed to Columbia Records and spent the better part of the summer recording, all of the songs were deemed unworthy of issue. (The entire Columbia project, along with a handful of demos were released for the first time in 2009 on Sundazed as "Love Lost.")
1972 27 Years Old In July 1972, Lee released his first solo album, Vindicator, on A&M Records, featuring a new group of musicians also playing as the band Love. … Read More
1973 28 Years Old Lee recorded a second solo album in 1973 entitled Black Beauty for Buffalo Records, but the label folded before the album was released.
1974 29 Years Old Lee contributed the title track to the 1974 blaxploitation film Thomasine & Bushrod. … Read More

THIRTIES

1981 36 Years Old 1 More Event
A new Lee solo album, called just Arthur Lee, appeared on Rhino Records in 1981, featuring covers of The Bobbettes' "Mr Lee" and Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" and musicians Sterling on guitar, George Suranovich on drums and Kim Kesterson on bass as well as some of the members from "Reel to Real". … Read More

FORTIES

1993 48 Years Old In 1993 he played shows in New York and England. … Read More

FIFTIES

1996 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 57 Years Old In 2002, Arthur Lee began touring in earnest under the name "Love with Arthur Lee". … Read More
2003 58 Years Old Lee and the band continued to tour throughout 2003 and 2004, including many concerts in and around hometown Los Angeles, notably a show at the outdoor Sunset Junction festival, the San Diego Street Scene, and a headlining date with The Zombies at the Ebell Theatre.
2004 59 Years Old Echols occasionally joined Lee and the group on the continuing and final tours of 2004 to 2005. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2005 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Because of Arthur Lee's illness (acute myeloid leukemia), the details of which were not known by the band at the time, he could not participate in the final tour in July 2005. … Read More
In April 2006 it was publicly announced that Lee was being treated for acute myeloid leukemia. … Read More
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