is an English bassist
and singer-songwriter, best known for replacing Dave Allen on bass guitar in post-punk
band Gang of Four
. Lee confirmed in an interview on Rundgrenradio.com that Sara Lee is her birth name.
Born in the West Midlands of England
, Lee's entire family was musical. Both parents were music teachers (her father was latterly a bass Songman in the choir of York Minster
), her sister a cellist, and her brother a trombone player. Music formed an important part of her childhood. She played tympani
and double bass
in school and local orchestras as a teenager, until the day she discovered the electric bass guitar.
After playing with a couple of local bands, she moved to London
and worked as a secretary at Polydor Records. Here she was discovered by King Crimson
leader Robert Fripp
, who was encouraged to stay at a show to see "a girl who works in the office." Fripp invited her to join his band The League Of Gentlemen
Lee went on to work with Robyn Hitchcock
and famed political punk band Gang of Four
in England, and later moved to the United States. She was an acquaintance of songwriter Philip Nadelman
's band, Chateau Lagoon, during its heyday in New York City in the 1980s. Lee became a sought-after session, concert and recording artist, playing with the Thompson Twins
before she crossed paths with the B-52's
during the recording of their......