Robert Lee Jun-fai

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Robert Lee
Born
Lee Jun-fai

(1948-12-16) 16 December 1948 (age 70)
OccupationMusician
Years active1966–1974
Spouse(s)
Sum Sum
(m. 1977; div. 1983)
Children1
Parents
FamilyPeter Lee (brother)
Bruce Lee (brother)
Musical career
OriginHong Kong
GenresHong Kong English pop
Rock music
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Associated actsThe Thunderbirds
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese李振輝
Simplified Chinese李振辉

Lee Jun-fai (simplified Chinese: 李振辉; traditional Chinese: 李振輝; pinyin: Lǐ Zhènhuī; Jyutping: Lei5 Zan3 Fai1; born 16 December 1948), known professionally as Robert Lee, is a Hong Kong musician and younger brother of martial artist legend Bruce Lee, the brother-in-law of Linda Lee Caldwell, and also the paternal uncle of Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee.

Biography[edit]

Lee was born in 16 December 1948 in Hong Kong as the youngest son of Lee Hoi-chuen (李海泉), a leading Chinese Cantonese opera and film actor of the 1940s and his wife Grace Ho (何愛瑜). Specifically, Grace Ho was half Chinese and half Caucasian and purportedly a half-German Catholic. His elder sisters are Phoebe Lee and Agnes Lee and his elder brothers are Peter Lee and Bruce Lee.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Lee was the founder of a popular Hong Kong beat band called The Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds were a beat group similar to and on the same Hong Kong/Macau musical scene as Danny Diaz & The Checkmates, Zoundcrakers, Anders Nelson & The Inspiration, D'Topnotes and Teddy Robin & The Playboys.[8] He founded the group in 1966 and quickly became famous in Hong Kong.[9][10][11] A few singles mostly or all were sung in English. Also released was Lee singing a duet with Irene Ryder.[12]

He later moved to Los Angeles in the United States and stayed with his older brother Bruce. After Bruce Lee's death he released an album dedicated to him called The Ballad of Bruce Lee. A single of the same title was also released.[13]

In 1977, Lee married Hong Kong singer Sylvia Lai Sui Pun (黎小斌), who was best known under the stage name of Sum Sum (森森), they later had a son named Clarence Lee Ka Ho (李家豪) in 1980. Lee and Lai divorced in 1983.

On 27 November 2005, Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong was unveiled by Robert Lee, celebrating what would have been Bruce's 65th birthday. He is the producer of the 2010 film Bruce Lee, My Brother.

Discography[edit]

Singles

  • Ballad of Bruce Lee – Sunrise 906 – 1974 (USA)
  • Irene Ryder & Robert Lee – Baby baby / You put me down – HK Columbia CHK-1028 – 196?

EP

  • The Thunderbirds & The Nautics – ECHK 513 – 196?

Album

  • Ballad of Bruce Lee – Sunrise LP-R905 – 1974 (USA)

Compilation

  • Various Artists: Uncle Ray's Choice – Baby Baby – Irene Ryder & Robert Lee (1968)- EMI – 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ Description of the parent's racial makeup as described by Robert Lee at minute mark 3:35 in the cable television documentary, First Families: Bruce Lee, which premiered on Fox Family on 26 October 1999.
  2. ^ Little 1997
  3. ^ Vaughn 1986
  4. ^ Prashad, Vijay (2001). Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections to the Post-Racial World. Beacon Press. p. 127. ISBN 0-8070-5011-3.
  5. ^ Little 1997, p. 73
  6. ^ Yang, Jeff (1997). Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture. Boston, New York: Meridian, Houghton Mifflin.
  7. ^ "Lee, Bruce, (1940–1960) Martial Arts Master and Film Maker". HistoryLink. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  8. ^ http://blog.roodo.com/macaenese5354 THE THUNDERS OF MACAU
  9. ^ Web UK Online, Bruce Lee Articles In The Shadow Of A Legend – Robert Lee Remembers Bruce Lee by Steve Rubinstein Archived 30 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Trans World 60's Punk Hong Kong 60s Re-capture
  11. ^ Tofu An introduction to the music scene which flourished in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore in 1964–1969
  12. ^ http://www.mypaper.pchome.com.tw/ Robert Lee – The Thunderbirds
  13. ^ EAMS Compilation Projekt EAMS Compilation Vol. 20 – Rare Raritäten

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