|Birth name||William James Edwards Lee III|
|Also known as||William J.E. Lee|
|Born||) July 23, 1928
Snow Hill, Alabama, United States
|Occupations||Composer, conductor, actor|
|Instruments||Double bass, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Aretha Franklin, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins|
William James Edwards "Bill" Lee III (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.
Life and career
Lee was born in Snow Hill, Alabama, the son of Alberta Grace (Edwards), a concert pianist, and Arnold Wadsworth Lee, a musician. With his first wife, Jackie, he had five children, including film director Spike Lee (born 1957), still photographer David Lee (born 1961), actress Joie Lee (born 1962), and filmmaker Cinqué Lee (born 1966) 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, who plays alto saxophone.
- Music director and performer on the song "Nola," She's Gotta Have It (also see below), Island, 1986.
- Music conductor of Natural Spiritual Orchestra, School Daze (also see below), Columbia, 1988.
- Music conductor of Natural Spiritual Orchestra, Do the Right Thing(also see below), Universal, 1989.
- Music director, Mo' Better Blues (also see below), Universal, 1990.
- Sonny Darling, She's Gotta Have It (also see below), Island, 1986.
- Bassist in the Phyllis Hyman Quartet, School Daze (also see below), Columbia, 1988.
- Father of the Bride, Mo' Better Blues (also see below), Universal,1990.
- (With Stuart Scharf) Music arranger, A Hand is on the Gate, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1966.
- Has appeared on the television show Today and Harry Belafonte television specials.
- The Descendants of Mike and Phoebe: A Spirit Speaks
- The Brass Company: Colors (Strata East)
- Richard Davis: On Philosophy of the Spiritual (Buddah), Fancy Free (Galaxy) and With Understanding (Muse)
- Richard Adams: Harvest (Muse)
- The Warm Voice of Billy "C": Where have you been Billy Boy (Strata East)
- Clifford Jordan: Glass Bead Games (Strata East)
- Peter, Paul & Mary: Album (Warner Bros.)
- Harold Mabern: A Few Miles from Memphis (Prestige), Rakin' and Scrapin' (Prestige)
- Ian and Sylvia: First Ian & Sylvia Album
- Johnny Griffin: Change of Pace (Riverside, 1961)
- Score, She's Gotta Have It, Island, 1986.
- Score, and songs "Straight and Nappy," "Be One," and "Wake Up Suite," School Daze, Columbia, 1988.
- Score, Do the Right Thing, Universal, 1989.
- "Mo' Better Blues" and "Again Never," Mo' Better Blues, Universal,1990.
- Composer of score for the short film "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads."
- (Contributor) Yes, God is Real, Apollo Theatre, New York City, 1988.
- Composer. The Depot, One Mile East, Baby Sweets, The Quarter, The Rabbi, Monica, Juan Valdez and the children's opera Little Johnny.
- Spike Lee Biography (1956?-)
- Williams, P. (2004). Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, 1960-1973 (2nd edition ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-84449-095-0 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
- Bill Lee Biography (1928-)
- Kilgannon, Corey (July 25, 2008). "It's Spike's 80-Year-Old Father". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2013.