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Gene Lees


GENE LEES (journalist, lyricist, singer, composer, broadcaster) was born on Febuary 8, 1928 in Hamilton, Ontario. Lees began his career writing for “The Hamilton Spectator”, “Toronto Telegram” and” Montreal Star”, moving to the U.S. in the 1950s as music critic for the” Louisville Times” and from 1959-62, editor of “Downbeat”. Lee’s prolific writing included numerous freelance articles, liner notes for artists from Stan Getz to Quincy Jones and English lyrics for Jobim’s “Corcovado” becoming “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”. His published works include a novel and a rhyming dictionary. Returning to Canada in the 1970s, as a singer Lees recorded three albums featuring some of Canada’s finest musicians as well as hosting radio and TV programs.


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Gene Lees