"Didn't See That One Coming!": An Autobiographical Trilogy (3)


"Didn't See That One Coming!": An Autobiographical Trilogy (3)


Original 60’s icon “Leapy” Lee Graham, had a massive world hit in 1968 with “Little Arrows”. He has a wonderfully unique cockney personality and is a multi-talented character who is experienced in acting, singing, cabaret, cooking, writing, broadcasting and comedy.

In the late sixties, he had two Number 1 hits in South Africa ‘Little Arrows” and “Little Yellow Aeroplane”. Both were country slanted and ‘Little Arrows’, along with the album of the same name, actually achieved No 1 in the Billboard Country charts. He completed two successful tours of South Africa. One with Sandy Shaw, and one with the New Seekers

As one of four artists along with Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, and Gilbert O’Sullivan in the successful management stable of the late Gordon Mills Leapy began to enjoy the same champagne lifestyle as a result of this success as they did. At the height of his fame, having returned from one of his successful tours of South Africa, Leapy’s career entered a dark downturn when, on a quiet Sunday afternoon he was persuaded to go to the Red Lion in Sunningdale with the late Diana Dors husband, the troubled actor, Alan Lake, and became embroiled in a pub fight which ended up with a short spell at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. In his biography part two, Leapy recalls the amazing event that took place on his arrival at the prison when the vocal strains of “Little Arrow” rose over the prison walls. News of his arrival had reached the ears of the other inmates and this was a welcome chorus!! All this behind him, for several decades now, Leapy often works voluntarily with young people who have got into similar troubles.

Still a household name in many countries with a huge personality, Leapy, started his career at 16 when he formed his own “Urchins” skiffle group in his hometown of Eastbourne and before long was topping the bill at the Metropolitan Theatre.  

An acting career followed with performances on the West End stage in “Johny The Priest”; “Sparrows Can’t Sing”, and “’Oh Dad, Poor Dad, I’ve Locked you I the Cupboard and I’m So Sad”

Since the late eighties, Leapy who is an unique and beloved entertainer, has been wowing audiences nightly in Spain, appearing in Cabaret at various hotels in Mallorca and the Spanish Mainland. Occasionally he has returned to Germany, Holland, or the UK to appear in TV or staged live 60 nostalgia shows and he is now looking homeward once more, and keen to tour the UK again as a new “oldie”.  

Apart from working with his own band, he can also work with just live guitar and/or backing tracks, and his act is a pot pourri of country (or a mixture of sixties nostalgia and country) with anecdotes and stories of past, humorous and entertaining events, with a skiffle-to-sixties singalong trip down memory lane which has audiences young and old joining in with gusto.

He recently appeared on the second show of the second series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and his life and lifestyle on Mallorca’s Paradise Island, was featured BBC TV's Passport to the Sun through 4 series, which was extremely popular both in Spain and on mainland UK and gained him a new following of younger fans.

In addition to his very popular cabaret act, Leapy has many other talents.  He is a well known journalist and writes a weekly column for the Euro Weekly newspaper for which he has been voted 'Journalist of the Year' by the readers for his outspoken and uncensored views.  He was also voted Balearics Capital Radio’s most popular radio presenter over a 10 years run.
He is a brilliant cook, and his travelling ‘Flying Curry Circus’, in which he cooks 3 varieties of curry for 100 guests and then comes out of the kitchen and sings and tell anecdotes, is legendary in Mallorca’s favourite spots. And makes him an ideal contributor for one of the TV cooking shows.

His great personal charm and warm way with people also makes him an ideal celebrity performer to have on board ship or as a pantomime artist.

When he finds time to relax, Leapy heads for the river with a fishing rod and can of worms, and loves to spend time with his children. He also enjoys his Charity work and for many years has supported the Robert Windsor Charity Golf Tournament which raises money for the needy children of Mallorca.

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