Oral History Information
Betty Lee co-founded Tom Lee Music in Hong Kong with her husband in the early 1950s. In the beginning, Thomas Lee kept his full time work as an English secretary at a textile company while Betty Lee looked after the day to day administration of the small trading company which was to become Tom Lee Music. When the textile business was not doing well, Thomas Lee began working full time in Tom Lee Music. Betty Lee went to the local Hong Kong wood yards to select raw timber for the construction of Hong Kong-made piano cabinets while Thomas Lee ordered the keyboards, actions and sound boards from England. Her passion for the business was transferred to her employees, many of whom have worked 30, 40 and even 50 years with the company!