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Grammy Award winner, musical talent and in some regions the most-demanded session guitarist around, Albert Lee is nothing less than world renowned.
The variation and diversity of the musical types Albert brings to the table is jaw-dropping. In the 60’s he was a top R&B guitarist and the 70’s saw him as a top rockability guitarist with an immense aptitude for country music.
Having a musical father, who played an accordion and a piano, Albert was introduced to music from the early age. He, as a kid, first started playing the piano, but found the guitar to be much more intriguing and switched instruments.
At the age of 16, he became a real musical professional and joined the at that time best R&B band on English scene, the Thunderbirds. But after 4 years of being with the Thunderbirds, Albert found himself bored and left the band.
The next two years for Albert Lee were just passing by through several musical projects and names like Skeeter Davis, Bobby Bare and George Hamilton IV, as well as several bands and groups like Country Fever and Poet & the One man Band (a very popular live band in the UK).
His reputation grew and session work blossomed as he was invited to join Jerry Lee Lewis’s The London Sessions, which opened the door for reunion with 60’s American acts. This eventually led to the permanent position in the Crickets. The band cut three albums.
Lee received numerous offers for session work and in the mid 70’s Lee joined Joe Cocker’s Band for his album Stingray. This ultimately led to a solo album with A&M records that at the time were Cocker’s label. During the time Lee signed his first solo album he was also touring and recording a gig with Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, that led Lee to postponing the release of his own album. He ended touring with the Hot Band to finish his solo album and in 1979 Hiding was released to the public.
Being a highly demanded musician, Lee scored a high-profile gig, which led to a five-year adventure with Eric Clapton’s band. Albert did not abandon his own solo career and continuously released several albums including his self-titled Albert Lee and instrumental releases on MCA, namely Speechless and Gagged But Not Bound. From 1983 until 20 years after Albert Lee was a guitarist and Musical Director for now retired band Everly Brothers.
Repeatedly voted “Best Country Guitarist” in the Guitar Player magazine Readers’ Choice Awards, Albert is a member of the Guitar Player Gallery of Greats, an exclusive membership designated only to those who win the prestigious award five times.
Recently Albert has appeared at three of Eric Clapton's highly acclaimed "Crossroads" benefit concerts and was also featured in the Concert for George live performance and film in 2002. Currently working with Hogan's Heroes and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Lee will soon be celebrating his 70th birthday - and 53 years on the road - with a number of special concerts, both in the UK and US.
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