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”.

Show more +
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl5
Dinah Lee 1965
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 168 5 1
Dinah Lee with Eden Kane, late 60s / early 70s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-168-5-1
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 15 1
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
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl10
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dinahleechrisbourkejan86355
Dinah Lee, January 1986.
Photo credit: Chris Bourke
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Dinah Lee & Brian Henderson – Baby It's Cold Outside
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
I'll Forgive You Then Forget You
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl3
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl6
South African cover
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 168 2 1
Dinah Lee arriving at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-40-1
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
What Did He Say
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl7
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dinahleechrisbourkejan86359
Dinah Lee, January 1986.
Photo credit: Chris Bourke
ImageableImage
Hero thumb gpn154 19670419 080b
Dinah returns from Vietnam 1967
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Dinah Lee on Hollywood A Go Go, 1965
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb philgarlandplayboys1
The Playboys - l to r: Graeme Miller, Mark Graham, Brian Ringrose, Dave Martin, Phil Garland, with Diane Jacobs (Dinah Lee) 
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 56 2
Dinah Lee in Hong Kong, May 1969.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-56-2
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 29 2
Dinah Lee onstage at "Legs Quest", 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-29-2
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 40 1
Dinah Lee, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-40-1
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 64
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
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl13
ImageableImage
Hero thumb gpn127 19650128 060b
Dinah in Gisborne, January 1965
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl14
Dinah with Tommy Adderley
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dinah lee on stage
Dinah Lee performing at Nui Dat, Vietnam, 1967. Alexander Turnbull Library, PAColl-4801-1-11
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 168 3 1  1
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
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
That's It I Quit (produced by Chris Blackwell)
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl12
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Not In This Whole World
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Summertime (with Brian Henderson)
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl17
Dinah Lee, 1964
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dinahleechrisbourkejan86360
Dinah Lee, January 1986.
Photo credit: Chris Bourke
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
The Right Time
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb 5404.key
Dinah Lee special, 1965 (NZ On Screen)
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Don't You Know Yockomo (live in Whangarei)
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
The Right Time
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl11
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl8
ImageableImage
Hero thumb mm21
Viking Records advertisment, 1964
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Do The Blue Beat (Australian performance)
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl16
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
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 23 1  1
Dinah Lee, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-23-1
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl15
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl9
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dl1
Live at Carlaw Park, 1990
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 16 4
Dinah Lee with her mother, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-16-4
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Reet Petite (live 2011)
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bw22
The Blue Diamonds with Dinah Lee in New Plymouth, 1964. On the left is Bruce Lynch and Midge Marsden is on the right.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dinah lee vietnam
Dinah Lee on stage with an Australian soldier, Nui Dat, Vietnam, 1967. Alexander Turnbull Library, PAColl-4801-1-20
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
I'm Walkin
ImageableImage
Hero thumb pa1 f 167 17 2
Dinah Lee, Toowomba, 1960s.
Photo credit: Diane Marie Jacobs Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PA1-f-167-17-2
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Hallelujah I Just Love Him So
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Dinah Lee & Brian Henderson
3 col el, class=Trivia::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
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.

3 col el, class=LabelPerson::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Labels:

Viking


HMV

3 col el, class=ExternalLink::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy 3 col el, class=RelatedPage::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy