Dinah Lee Profile

aka Diane Jacobs
Rosa Shiels
Published: 11 Jun 2013
Updated: 1 Oct 2018

Dinah Lee is the most successful New Zealand female pop artist of the 1960s and one of the shiniest stars to emerge from the pool of talent in this small nation. A child of the south, Christchurch raised and launched her, and the ties remain strong, but work was the imperative and it took her away.

Dinah Lee emerged out of the creative maelstrom of the Swinging Sixties. Post-war conservatism had exploded into full-scale cultural revolution, and since the mid-1950s popular music punctuated the airwaves in an excitable litany of rhythmic vocables. Little Richard percussed with “wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!”, the Crystals chorused on “da-doo-ron-ron”, Manfred Mann gave us “do-wah-diddy-diddy”, and The Beatles scored large with “yeah, yeah, yeah”.

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Dinah Lee with her mother, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-16-4
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Dinah with Tommy Adderley
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Dinah Lee, January 1986.
Photo credit: Chris Bourke
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Dinah Lee, Toowomba, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-17-2
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Not In This Whole World
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Dinah Lee with Eden Kane, late 60s / early 70s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-168-5-1
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Dinah returns from Vietnam 1967
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
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Live at Carlaw Park, 1990
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The Right Time
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Dinah Lee & Brian Henderson
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That's It I Quit (produced by Chris Blackwell)
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Dinah Lee with a tour ensemble including Jimmy Page, January 1967.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-168-3-1
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Dinah Lee on stage with an Australian soldier, Nui Dat, Vietnam, 1967. Alexander Turnbull Library, PAColl-4801-1-20
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Dinah Lee onstage at "Legs Quest", 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-29-2
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I'm Walkin
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Dinah Lee, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-23-1
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Dinah Lee, 1964
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Summertime (with Brian Henderson)
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What Did He Say
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Dinah Lee in Hong Kong, May 1969.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-56-2
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Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
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Dinah Lee, January 1986.
Photo credit: Chris Bourke
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The Right Time
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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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Viking Records advertisment, 1964
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The Playboys - l to r: Graeme Miller, Mark Graham, Brian Ringrose, Dave Martin, Phil Garland, with Diane Jacobs (Dinah Lee) 
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Dinah Lee arriving at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-40-1
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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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These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
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Reet Petite (live 2011)
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Dinah in Gisborne, January 1965
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
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Do The Blue Beat (Australian performance)
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South African cover
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Hallelujah I Just Love Him So
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Don't You Know Yockomo (live in Whangarei)
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I'll Forgive You Then Forget You
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Dinah Lee & Brian Henderson – Baby It's Cold Outside
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Dinah Lee on Hollywood A Go Go, 1965
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Dinah Lee 1965
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Dinah Lee with Phil Garland at right, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, N.Z. PA1-f-167-15-1
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Dinah Lee, January 1986.
Photo credit: Chris Bourke
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Dinah Lee performing at Nui Dat, Vietnam, 1967. Alexander Turnbull Library, PAColl-4801-1-11
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Entertainers Margaret Ward (left), Noni Hazelhurst (centre), Digby Riehards (kneeling) and Dinah Lee (Diane Marie Jacobs (1945- ) (right), meeting Australian troops in 1967 Vietnam, during the Vietnam war (1961-1975).
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-64
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Dinah Lee special, 1965 (NZ On Screen)
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Dinah Lee, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-40-1
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Viking


HMV

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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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