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Leapy Lee

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Musician, comedian and actor Leapy Lee is perhaps best know for his hit record ‘Little Arrows’. It was written by Albert Hammond, released in the UK in August 1968 and went straight into the charts. It remained there for twenty-one weeks in eighteen countries enjoying global sales of nearly 3,500,000. This earned Leapy Lee a coveted gold disc. It spent fourteen weeks on the US bestsellers peaking at number twelve.

Leapy was born in 1939 in Eastbourne, Sussex, the only child of Kathleen and William. He was educated at Bourne Secondary Modern and went on to have his first taste of work as a bingo Caller, club Manager and Barrow Boy in the Portobello Road.

His first professional gig was in 1955 at The Panorama Espresso Lounge, Eastbourne with his London debut at Metropolitan Theatre, Edgeware Road, the following year. His first season was in 1958 at the London Palladium in a show called Large as Life. He went onto appear in Johnny the Priest (Players Theatre, London), Oh Dad, Poor Dad, I’ve Locked You in the Closet (Lyric Theatre) and Sparpers Can’t Sing (Theatre Workshop, Stratford and Criterion Theatre, London).

Leapy’s first record was released on Pye Records in 1962 called ‘It’s All Happening’, however his first major hit arrived eight years later in the guise of ‘Little Arrows’ reaching number one in eighteen countries.

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