Lee Erwin has been known by millions of Americans as the featured organist on both radio and television for over 30 years. He was the chief organist for the famous Moon River program, a midnight show on WLW in Cincinnati, from 1933 to 1944. In 1945, Mr. Erwin joined the CBS music department in New York, where he became organist, composer, and arranger for various Arthur Godfrey shows and played periodic stints on virtually every soap opera originating in New York.
To thousands of movie fans, Lee Erwin is known for his extraordinary presentations of old films with new musical settings. He has composed new scores for more than 70 films; all of the Keaton and Chaplin films, the D. W. Griffith masterpieces, the Valentino classics, many early Hitchcock silents, the Langdon and Lloyd comedies, all of the films of Douglas Fairbanks, Lon Chaney, Erich von Stroheim, Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, and many others.
In 1979, Mr. Erwin toured the United States with the Silent Clowns, a Festival of films featuring the "Best of Keaton, Chaplin, Langdon, and Lloyd," playing a total of 441 performances in ten cities.
One very special event took place in January 1975 when Mr. Erwin played the organ for "Metropolis" -- the first silent film ever to be presented at Radio City Music Hall.
Mr. Erwin is a member of the American Theatre Organ Society's Hall of Fame and was named ATOS Organist of the Year in 1995.
Lee Erwin's last known silent film appearance was at the Brook Theatre, Bound Brook, NJ. October 25, 1998 Halloween Silent Film (Phantom of the Opera). He played a 3 manual Rodgers organ.