Spike Lee’s Father Bill Lee, ‘Do the Right Thing’ Composer, Dead at 94

Spike Lee's Father Bill Lee, 'Do the Right Thing' Composer, Dead at 94

Spike Lee is mourning the lack of his beloved father. The Do The Proper Factor author introduced the passing of his father, Invoice Lee, on Could 24. Invoice was 94 and labored as a musical composer on a few of Spike’s most iconic movies. Invoice died in Brooklyn, New York, a metropolis that served as a backdrop for a lot of of Spike’s movie tasks. Spike’s father showcased his personal brilliance by composing the soundtracks for his son’s movies, together with 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It, 1988’s Faculty Daze, and 1990’s Mo’ Higher Blues. After an unlucky falling out, they parted methods professionally within the early Nineteen Nineties. Invoice attributed their rift to his remarriage to Susan Kaplan after his spouse died in 1976. A 1994 cowl story for The LA Times paints a special portrait.

Whereas discussing Spike’s seventh movie Crooklyn set for launch that yr, Invoice wished to speak about all the things however Spike. “I haven’t got something to do with Spike now,” he instructed the publication. Invoice was arrested in 1991 for heroin possession. There was additionally the following request to his Spike for monetary assist, which was refused, a yr later. “We have not talked for 2 years,” Invoice added. The movie, which grew a cult following, was loosely based mostly on the household’s upbringing. The patriarch of the household had musical goals that he chased as his spouse offered for the household, which prompted a pressure. Delroy Lindo and Alfre Woodard co-led the challenge. 

Regardless of their mishaps, the love remained the identical between the daddy and son. Their relationship rotated for the higher after Invoice stopped utilizing medicine. “I am glad I used to be arrested. It woke me up. … Dope was not a part of my life till I used to be 40 years previous,” Invoice later stated, per The LA Times.

Spike honored Invoice with a collection of gorgeous black-and-white portraits by way of an Instagram put up with the caption, “DEEDS NOT WORDS.” He additionally posted a picture of the Do The Proper Factor vinyl album cowl artwork, and a photograph of Invoice with Bob Dylan. 

Spike adopted in his father’s footsteps by attending Moorehouse Faculty in Atlanta, a traditionally Black faculty. His father’s imprint was clear all through his life. “Every thing I learn about jazz I bought from my father,” the filmmaker instructed the New York Times in 1990. “I noticed his integrity, how he was not going to play simply any type of music, regardless of how a lot cash he might make.”