A native of Dallas, Texas, Ed grew up in the Highland Park area of Dallas in
the 1940's and 1950's. He has been in the music and entertainment business since joining his brother's country music
band as their tenor banjo player in the late 1940's.
Having been a mainstay on the football, basketball, track and swimming teams during his
years at HPHS, he followed his brothers, Dick and Bob, to SMU in the Fall of 1951 on a football scholarship. He graduated
with a degree in Banking and Finance in 1955, was chosen for the Chicago College All-Star Football game that Summer and was
second draft choice for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955 and spent that season with them. Following that season, he spent
two years in the Air Force at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC, and several more years trying his hand in the pros...Pittsburgh,
Montreal, Chicago, Calgary and, finally, the Dallas Texans (who later became the Kansas City Chiefs) during their first couple
of years in the American Football League.
He had played in musical groups in high school and college...he joined his brother, Dick,
in Bob Irby's Hilltop Ramblers at Highland Park and SMU...and the two of them joined five other friends in a great dixieland
showband, the Cell Block Seven, at SMU. When he returned to Dallas after his military service and football endeavors,
he got together some of the men with whom he'd played and started a new dixieland band. A short time later, he opened
a small nightclub, The Levee, on Mockingbird Lane. That small club became one of the busiest, best-known and most successful
entertainment places in Dallas during the 1960's.
He started booking bands in 1961, as his two groups, The Levee Singers and the Levee Dixieland
Seven, became two of the most in-demand groups in Dallas. The booking agency came about as a result of helping people
book other acts when the two Levee bands were unavailable. In addition, Ed owned the area's most popular recording studio,
Sumet-Bernet Sound Studios, so he became friends with all the area's best musicians who came to the studio to record. He's
also had a life-long interest in art...some in painting, but mostly in sculpture.
Ed sold the studio in 1997 and has since been able
to spend more of his time with his art and entertainment booking agency. When not working in his office, Ed is usually
in his "garage workshop/studio"...working on a variety of projects in which he's involved...and, in more recent
years, on his art business...sculpting bronze statues of a variety of subjects and brokering the sale of "life-size and
larger" bronze sculptures for a number of well-known artists and customers.
He and his wife, Susie, were married in 1962. Their
two sons, Blake and Brant, and daughter, Jenny Galbraith, are happily married, live nearby and have 9 children (now grown
up!) among them...6 girls and 3 boys. Ed's son, Ed Lee, from his first marriage, lives in Minnesota and has two sons. While
family and their Christian faith are most important in the lives of Ed and Susie, music and art play a large part as well.