David Lee (David Cyril Aarons)

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Newington, Southwark, London, England, UK
Pianist, orchestra leader, arranger, songwriter and film composer, David Lee was born in Newington, London on 12 August 1926 (not 1929 or 1930 as some references give). His father Joseph was a professional photographer, and during the war was transferred to the North East to work on camouflaging military equipment. The family re-located to Whitley Bay, and it was here that David started to perform in local groups. His big break came in 1942 when he won the Melody Maker poll for best new jazz pianist. Read more...