RIP to Love's frontman Arthur Lee

Published: 2006-08-08
Influential sixties singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Arthur Lee passed away on Thursday, August 3 of Leukemia.

Lee's first recordings in the early sixties were with legendary record label Stax's house band, Booker T & The MG's. But Lee didn't truly begin to make a name for himself until he began fronting the band Love in the mid-sixties.

The band's original lineup with Lee, guitarist Johnny Echols, guitarist and songwriter Bryan MacLean, bassist Ken Forssi and drummer Michael Stuart only put out three albums including 1967's Forever Changes, which many music aficionados consider to be one of the greatest albums of all time. The folk/psychedelic rock group split and came back together with several different lineups over the years but never matched the success of the original set.

In 2001 Lee toured with a band under the name "Love with Arthur Lee" and performed until 2005.

In April 2006 the musician was diagnosed with Leukemia. He passed away with his wife at his side in Memphis at Methodist University Hospital at about 5pm, according to Reuters. He was 61.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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