Peters and Lee were a popular duo in the 70’s and 80’s. Lennie Peters and Dianne Lee were their full names. Lennie was the uncle of Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones and blinded in one eye in a car accident when he was five. Unfortunately his remaining eye was blinded by somebody throwing a brick when he was only 16.
Before the duo, Lennie played the pubs in London as a pianist and recorded two singles with the Oriole label. ‘Let the tears begin’ in 1963 as well as ‘And My Heart Cried’ in 1964. They were originally called Lennie Peters and Melody but on the advice of their management changed it to Peters and Lee. The duo entered and won Opportunity Knocks a record 7 times. Following this they signed a record contract with Phillips Records.
They were top of the bill in 1973 at the Royal Variety Performance as well as being resident guest stars on the Des O’Connor show.
They had a popular TV show of their own called ‘Meet Peters and Lee and their last TV performance was on ‘London Night Out’ in November 1980.
They reunited in 1986 with a new single called ‘Familiar Feelings’ and also recorded 2 albums, in 1989 and then 1992 for their 21st anniversary.
Lennie died in 1992 from bone cancer at only 60. Their last performance was on Pebble Mill in February 1992. Diane married Rick Price of Wizzard fame and recorded a solo album in 1994 and continues to perform as a duo with Rick Price playing hits as well as new material.