Formed half a century ago they became Norfolk’s biggest act on the showbiz scene. They are Barry Lee & The Planets who turned into The Barry Lee Show, and then the Brothers Lee.
Since first getting together in the early 60s the Aylsham boys have had an extraordinary and colourful career appearing with the biggest names all over the world. They were formed when the lads, some members of The Vikings and others in the Wildcats, came together and became known as Barry Lee & The Planets.
And how the people of Norfolk loved them. They were our very own Beatles. They had their own fan club and in 1965 the girls were out in force to scream and shout when The Planets won the big Norwich Mercury (now the Evening News) Beat Competition, picking up a cheque for £150. And they were up against a host of other good Norfolk bands. Many of them re-formed for the Evening News Golden Years gigs which raised more than £125,000 for local charities.
It was their passport to reach for the stars and while they never had that big hit record all the groups wanted they worked with the biggest names in the business, touring South Africa with the likes of Engelbert Humperdinck. They went on to change direction, from cabaret to comedy, and that’s when they hit the big time.
Extract from an article by Derek James, Norwich Evening News 14.02.13
Barry Lee – the bands front man is still as passionate today about singing and performing live and still gigs all over Norfolk & Suffolk.
Details of which can be found on his Facebook page.