Dinah Lee Profile

Murray Cammick
11 Jun 2013

In the Swinging Sixties Dinah Lee became a larger than life character, enlivening the pop scene on both sides of the Tasman.

She first made a name for herself on the stages of the coffee bars of Christchurch and then inner city Auckland. The name was Diane Jacobs.

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Reet Petite (live 2011)
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That's It I Quit (produced by Chris Blackwell)
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Dinah with Tommy Adderley
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Viking Records advertisment, 1964
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South African cover
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The Blue Diamonds with Dinah Lee in New Plymouth, 1964. On the left is Bruce Lynch and Midge Marsden is on the right.
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Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
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Dinah Lee on Hollywood A Go Go, 1965
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Dinah in Gisborne, January 1965
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Live at Carlaw Park, 1990
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Dinah Lee, 1964
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Dinah returns from Vietnam 1967
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Summertime
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Dinah Lee arrives in Australia
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Don't You Know Yockomo (live in Whangarei)
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Dinah Lee at the 2009 Music Awards, about to induct Ray Columbus, Dave Russell and Billy Kristian (Ray Columbus and The Invaders) into the NZ Music Of Fame
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Dinah Lee 1965
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The Right Time
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Trivia:

In NZ, Dinah was signed by local label Viking Records and recorded three singles backed by Max Merritt and His Meteors.

In 1965 Dinah Lee won New Zealand's first Entertainer of the Year award.

In Australia, Dinah became the "Face of Yardley" for the Yardley cosmetic company, used in all advertising, television and promotional tours.

In 1984 Dinah was the over 35s Australian Female Bodybuilder of the Year.

Dinah toured down under with Millie Small (My Boy Lollipop) and while in London, recorded with Millie's manager and co-founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell.

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