|Product Code:||CSDM 6268|
|Artist:||Mr. Lee Grant|
|Genre:||Pop , Rock U|
Good vinyl with minor marks housed in a gloss flipback cover.
Bogdan Kominowski (born 22 April 1945) is a New Zealand pop star. As well as his birth name he is also known by the stage name Mr. Lee Grant. He has had a successful singing and acting career, having starred in stage shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Elvis - The Musical, TV shows and the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill".
He was born in a Nazi German concentration camp just outside Düsseldorf to Polish parents. His father died in the camp, but he and his mother survived and emigrated to New Zealand in 1949, settling in Palmerston North.
He left school in 1963 and enrolled at Palmerston North Teachers College. then taking a position at West End School. While there he displayed considerable talent not only as a musician and singer but also an artist. One particular teacher (Mrs. M. Foster) was so delighted with the friezes he drew around the top of her blackboard that she made a considerable effort to retain them even after he left teaching. He was well-liked by all his pupils and fellow teachers.
His first interest in music came when he joined a local band called the Cyclones.
A friend knew a DJ called Keith Richardson, who ran youth dances in the Hawkes Bay area, and he managed to get him some gigs there. Keith decided that Bogdan Kominowski was a bit of a handful. However, it was Sylvia Richardson, Keith's wife, who came up with a new name, Lee Grant (Ref: Never a Dull Moment by Keith Richardson – see p67 – this was an autobiography.) The Mr was added to avoid confusion with an Auckland actress Miss Lee Grant (there is also a US actress of that name).
Mr Lee Grant's first recording was "Doo-Doodle-Do-Doo"/"As Long As I Have You" on Viscount in 1965. To promote the record, he travelled to Auckland for an appearance on Teen Scene. It was while doing that show, he met reporter, Dianne Cadwallader. She decided to become his manager and groomed the 21-year-old as a presentable soloist. Dianne secured guest spots at Teenarama in Wellington and a recording contract with HMV. She had him dressed by a Wellington fashion mogul and he quickly became New Zealand's Mr. Mod. After two unsuccessful singles, Dianne managed to get him a spot on the hit New Zealand music show, C'Mon.