Arthur Lee

Songwriter + Musician + Singer
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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Arthur Lee.


1945 Birth Lee was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 7, 1945 in John Gaston Hospital, to Agnes (née Porter), a school teacher and Chester Taylor, a local jazz musician and cornet player. … Read More
1952 7 Years Old Lee and his mother resided in Los Angeles permanently in 1952.
1953 8 Years Old In 1953, their divorce was granted and his mother married Clinton Lee, a successful construction worker, on April 23, 1955.


1960 15 Years Old Lee was formally adopted by Clinton Lee on June 6, 1960, legally acquiring his surname, after filing for an adoption notice in 1958. … Read More
1963 18 Years Old His first known recording is from 1963. … Read More


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, was released for the first time in 2009 on Sundazed Records 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


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


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


1996 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 57 Years Old In 2002, 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


2005 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Due to 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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