Leapy Lee

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Leapy Lee
Birth nameGraham Pulleyblank
Also known asLee Graham
Born(1939-07-02) 2 July 1939 (age 75)
Eastbourne, England
GenresPop,country
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1968–present
LabelsMCA (United Kingdom)
Decca (US)
WebsiteLeapy Lee website
 
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Leapy Lee
Birth nameGraham Pulleyblank
Also known asLee Graham
Born(1939-07-02) 2 July 1939 (age 75)
Eastbourne, England
GenresPop,country
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1968–present
LabelsMCA (United Kingdom)
Decca (US)
WebsiteLeapy Lee website

Leapy Lee (born Graham Pulleyblank, but later changed to Lee Graham, 2 July 1939, Eastbourne, England)[1] is an English singer, best known for his 1968 single "Little Arrows", which reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart,[2] and was a Top 40 country and pop hit in the United States.

Career[edit]

The song "Little Arrows", written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, was also the title track of his first album, released in 1968 on Decca Records. It reached No. 71 in the Billboard 200 album chart.[3]

"Little Arrows", released in the UK by MCA Records, became a hit, reaching No. 2 in the charts. In the US, the record reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 11 on the country chart. The records made No. 1 on the Canadian country music chart. It sold over three million copies worldwide, and was awarded a gold disc.[4] Although he never reached the US pop charts again, Lee had two more country hits there with "Good Morning" in 1970 and "Every Road Leads Back To You" in 1975.

He later lived in Saudi Arabia, before opening a bar in Majorca, Spain with Andrew Ray, the son of English comedian Ted Ray.

Between 1999 and 2001, Lee and his family (notably the twins in later editions), featured prominently in the BBC television series Passport to the Sun, fronted firstly by Liza Tarbuck then by Nadia Sawalha. Lee is a regular columnist with the Euro Weekly News, an English language newspaper based in the Costa del Sol in Spain.[5]

Lee released a 40th anniversary EP, Little Arrows II, on 1 March 2010.[6] In 2014 he appeared on the Channel 5 television show, OAPs Behaving Badly.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positionsLabel
US CountryUS
1968Little Arrows371Decca
1970Leapy Lee
1976Every Road Leads Back to YouBell
2010Little Arrows IIHalfpennyStudios.com

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
US CountryUSCAN CountryCANUKAUS
1962"It's All Happening"N/A
1966"King of the Whole Wide World"
1968"Little Arrows"11161822Little Arrows
1969"It's All Happening" (re-release)90N/A
"Here Comes the Rain"6280Leapy Lee
"Little Yellow Aeroplane"63
1970"Good Morning"552996
1971"Just Another Night"87N/A
1973"Helena"
1974"Every Road Leads Back to You"82Every Road Leads Back to You

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UK Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Jul–Sep 1939 ; Page 60: PUL-PUR
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 316. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Jason Ankeny (2 July 1942). "Leapy Lee | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  5. ^ "Alexei Sayle: The World According To Me – Commentators – Voices – The Independent". Comment.independent.co.uk. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

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