From Al Jolson to Elvis Presley, LEE MORRIS wrote lyrics that were recorded by many of the greatest entertainers of his time. Among them: Frank Sinatra, Nat 'King' Cole, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, The Mills Brothers, The Ames Brothers, The McGuire Sisters, Al Martino, Brenda Lee, Helen O'Connell & Bob Eberly, Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, The Modernaires, The Cascades and Leroy Van Dyke.
Al Jolson scored with "If I Only Had a Match" in 1947; and, Elvis included Lee's songs in three of his motion pictures: 'Kissin' Cousins,' 'Roustabout' and 'Fun in Acapulco.'
BLUE VELVET, Lee's most enduring lyric, helped solidify the careers of two of the most legendary entertainers of all time, Tony Bennett, who made it a hit in 1951, and Bobby Vinton, whose recording was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in 1963. The song was also a hit for The Clovers on the R&B charts in 1955. Additionally, BLUE VELVET was the title of David Lynch's 1986, surrealistic, oscar nominated film and was unforgettably performed in the film by Isabella Rossellini.
Sammy Davis Jr. Trini Lopez, The Lettermen, The Moonglows, Arthur Prysock, The Statues, Jerry Vail and Glen Miller are among the 50+ artists that have recorded BLUE VELVET. Most recently, Tony Bennett re-recorded it for his 2011 smash hit album "Duets II" (performed with k.d. Lang); and, Lana Del Ray delivered a smoldering 2012 version which appears on her ‘Born To Die: Paradise Edition' album and was used in an H & M Fashions commercial.