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Spike Lee’s father Bill Lee dead at 94

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Bill Lee has died at the age of 94.

Spike Lee’s father Bill has died at the age of 94

The jazz musician handed away on Wednesday (24.05.23) at his dwelling in Brooklyn, New York and his loss of life was introduced by his movie director son Spike Lee in a publish on social media.

The ‘Malcolm X’ director captioned the Instagram publish: “This Morning May 24th My Father Made His Transition… Also Must Give Love To Our Sista TINA TURNER Who Left Us Today on This May 24th 2023. WHEW LAWD. What A Day.”

Bill composed scores for a number of of his son’s early films, together with ‘She’s Gotta Have (*94*)’, ‘School Daze’ and ‘Do The Right Thing’.

He was additionally a profitable jazz musician in his personal proper and carried out with legendary stars corresponding to Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Aretha Franklin.

Born William James Edwards Lee III in Alabama in 1928, he was the son of two musicians and began to discover ways to play devices from a really early age.

He discovered the bass whereas learning at Morehouse College in Atlanta after which sought out the jazz scenes in each New York and Chicago.

Bill famously accompanied Bob Dylan on his basic hit ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ from the 1965 album ‘Bringing (*94*) All Back Home’.

Spike credited his father for instructing him all that he is aware of about music.

Speaking in 1990, the 66-year-old director stated: “Everything I learn about jazz I bought from my father.

“I saw his integrity, how he was not going to play just any kind of music, no matter how much money he could make.”

Bill is survived by his spouse Susan Kaplan, kids Spike, David, Joie, Cinque, and Arnold, and two grandchildren.

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