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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

LEES, GENE, 1928-
MUS 208

Gene Lees fonds.  - 1950-1987.  - 58 cm of textual records.  - 2 photographs.  - 13 computer disks. 

Biographical sketch
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Gene Lees worked as a reporter for the Spectator, the Telegram, and the Montreal Star; in 1955 he became music critic for the Louisville Times.  In the United States, he was editor of the jazz magazine Down Beat (1959-62), critic for the New York Stereo Review (1962-65), and a regular columnist in 1965 for High Fidelity.  Lees also published numerous articles in periodicals such as Maclean's, the New York Times and the Globe and Mail.  He has written the lyrics to many popular songs, including the big hit Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the professional activities of Gene Lees:  correspondence, biographical records and press clippings on Oscar Peterson; writings; bibliography of ethnic groups; brief excerpt from the unpublished autobiography of Lou Hooper entitled That Happy Road; photographs of Oscar Peterson. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Gene Lees in 1992, 1993 and 1995. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected. 

Proactive Disclosure