Leapy Lee is 80s this week.
He was born in Eastbourne with the name Graham Pulleyblank which he later changed to Lee Graham.
He signed to Pye records in 1965 and released the single, It’s All Happening which went nowhere. The following year he signed with Decca and recorded one track, King of the Whole Wide World which also went nowhere. Again, the following year he went with CBS and released Boiled Beef and Carrots which did the same as the previous two releases.
He got his break when he was working as a bingo caller and the songwriter Albert Hammond came in. Albert told me in an interview that Lee went up to him after he recognised him and said that he was also a singer and did he have any spare songs he could have. Albert said, “Well, I’ve got one song which I’ve had for a while and can’t get anyone to record it so you can have a go if you like.” The song was Little Arrows and indeed Albert did make it a hit when it reached number two in October 1968.
He is classed as a one-hit-wonder, but actually did chart a follow up, Good Morning petered out at number 29 in January 1970.
He moved to Spain and was next seen in the late 90s when he appeared as a ‘roving reporter’ with Nadia Sawalha on the TV show Passport to the Sun.
He still lives in Spain and has a regular column in the Euro Weekly News which is an English newspaper but based in the Costa del Sol, mainly focusing on anti-immigration matters.
Let’s remember the catchy Little Arrows from the wonderful Beat Club in 1968.