Arthur Lee was a leader, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter of the legendary Los Angeles psychedelic musical group Love. He is known as the “first black hippie”.
Arthur Taylor (his real name) was born on March 7, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the son of jazz cornetist Chester Taylor and schoolteacher Agnes Taylor. The Taylors moved to Los Angeles when Arthur was five years old. In 1953, his mother married Clinton Lee, whose name was taken by Arthur and he became Arthur Taylor Lee. Arthur spent his childhood and adolescence in the historic area of Los Angeles, West Adams. He studied at Susan Miller Dorsey High School, where he was good at basketball and broke the record for points in a game. In his school years, he teamed up with a friend of the family, John Echols (also from Tennessee), and created various musical groups.