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Obit: Rick Lee (2014)

Jeri 28 Aug 14 - 08:15 PM
olddude 28 Aug 14 - 08:17 PM
Joe Offer 28 Aug 14 - 09:02 PM
GUEST,Arkie 28 Aug 14 - 09:19 PM
Anglo 29 Aug 14 - 10:19 AM
Lighter 29 Aug 14 - 10:48 AM
Elmore 29 Aug 14 - 10:50 AM
voyager 29 Aug 14 - 11:14 AM
bbc 29 Aug 14 - 12:53 PM
GUEST,Guest - Jim Younger 30 Aug 14 - 05:18 AM
Waddon Pete 30 Aug 14 - 02:14 PM
Bat Goddess 30 Aug 14 - 07:38 PM
GUEST,steve s 30 Aug 14 - 07:51 PM
GUEST,Drew Smith 03 Sep 14 - 05:59 PM
GUEST,Keith McKenry 30 Sep 14 - 04:36 AM
GUEST,emmanuel-Yves Monin 21 Oct 14 - 11:33 AM
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Subject: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Aug 14 - 08:15 PM

I don't think I should be the one starting this thread, but since no one has, I will.
I don't know any details of when he died, although it was recent. If anyone else knows more, please help.

Rick was a member of Mudcat, and more frequently, a guest, although he stuck to talking about music. He was incredibly generous with his music and musical knowledge. I know he'll be missed.

I can only find a couple videos of him.   This is one: Sing My Songs and I Will Hear You (Steve Werner)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: olddude
Date: 28 Aug 14 - 08:17 PM

awwww shit....another great one . sick to hear this news


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Aug 14 - 09:02 PM

I really enjoyed his recordings. I wish I had the chance to meet him. May he rest in peace.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 28 Aug 14 - 09:19 PM

I was fortunate enough to catch Rick and Lorraine Lee at a festival near Washington D.C. many years ago and then to come across his more recent recording solo recording which I really have enjoyed. Sorry to hear of his passing. I was looking forward to more recordings.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: Anglo
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 10:19 AM

A very sad loss. He had been a friend for many years.

I heard he had developed colon cancer, which he didn't tell many people about, and for reasons unknown to me decided against treatment.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: Lighter
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 10:48 AM

A splendid performer and another rotten day. Very sorry to hear this.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: Elmore
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 10:50 AM

Sorry to hear of his passing. No obituaries in the local papers. Three of his recordings, "Natick", "There's Talk About a Fence", and "Look What Thoughts Will Do" are available from Waterbug Records. In recent years Rick worked with Bob Zentz on occasion. Rick was a talented, versatile musician.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: voyager
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 11:14 AM

Heard Rick Lee at a FSGW concert in the 90s. He had a 'Captain Ahab' look about him and sang one of the longest Celtic ballads I ere do recall.

Sail on.
voyager


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: bbc
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 12:53 PM

Lorraine posted on her Facebook page. Rest in peace!

best,

bbc


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: GUEST,Guest - Jim Younger
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 05:18 AM

Rick was a great guy to talk to, and share a tune or song with. When we last saw him, a few months back at our house here in London, we had a fine musical day with Tom Paley and others. Rick clearly wasn't well, not his usual self - but he was a stoical man and didn't make a fuss. Beyond saying he had some back pain, he said nothing about what ailed him. He will be sorely missed from our lives.

Thanks, bbc, for the link to Lorraine's page.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 02:14 PM

I was very sorry to hear this news. I have added Rick to the "In Memoriam" thread.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 07:38 PM

Fix me for being away from Mudcat for about a week... (And missing Lorraine's post at Facebook, too.)

Very sad news. I saw him in May and thought he looked more tired than I'd remembered from several years before, but didn't get a chance to talk with him.

My absolutely favorite Rick Lee story is from about ten years ago. He traditionally emceed a part of the Saturday night Indian Neck concert and always performed in it. A strict rule of the concert was three songs or five minutes, whichever came first. Rick started a ballad at one year's concert...and finished it the following year, picking up right where he had left off.

He will be very much missed.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: GUEST,steve s
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 07:51 PM

saw Rick and Lorraine Lee a long time ago in Rochester at a Golden Link event...Rick and Michael Cooney inspired me to learn banjo.

Across Death's River our friends have gone,
And we are following one by one.

rest forever in peace, Rick...

s.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: GUEST,Drew Smith
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 05:59 PM

My dear departed musical friend, Rick Lee.

We met at the NJ Folklore Society over 33 years ago.
We came to know and appreciate each other through
the many tunes we played together, year after year.
How you challenged me over all these 33 years!
How you got me to play tunes I never thought I could,
How you hosted me at New England Folk Festival times,
putting me up in your house, with so many others where we
would all join playing with each other until after 3 am.
How you played such beautiful music on piano and banjo
from all around the world. How well you interpreted songs.
You, my dear friend, were and always will be a class act!

I, and so many others will sorely miss you.
Real tears and a very heavy heart.
Drew Smith


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: GUEST,Keith McKenry
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 04:36 AM

My wife Jenny and I stayed with Rick at his home in Natick in early August. (I had met him at a festival in Scotland about 12 years ago, and we had been guests in each other's homes previously.) We were surprised when we saw him, because he was obviously frail and fatigued. He had recently returned from Holland and had insisted our visit go ahead despite his poor health. When we arrived he responded to our enquiries by informing us in his inimitable matter-of-fact way that he had cancer. While he did not invite further inquiry on the matter, from the flavor of his comments we gained the impression that he expected to be with us for some time yet.

While he cooked for us and hosted a dinner party introducing us to performance poet Tim Mason, he obviously had little stamina. That evening he sang and played banjo, while Tim and I recited verse - despite his obvious fatigue it was a delightful night. We had no idea his hold on life was as tenuous as it now has proven to be. We learned later from Tim he must have died within a week or two of our visit. While it is impossible to be certain, we don't believe he knew the end was so near.

Unfortunately, we do not know anything about his final days. We certainly hope he was not alone at the end. If anyone knows anything about this, we would appreciate hearing from them. My email address is fangedwombat@bigpond.com.

Rick Lee was a wonderful singer, musician, songwriter and teacher. It was an honour to know himand to bring him to Australia to perform for Australian audiences at the country's National Folk Festival. I hope his friends all have raised a glass to his memory, and to celebrate his life.

Keith McKenry, Australia


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Subject: RE: Obit: Rick Lee (2014)
From: GUEST,emmanuel-Yves Monin
Date: 21 Oct 14 - 11:33 AM

Just want to share the fact that he was a very nice person, amazingly concerned with folk songs as early as 1960 when I was in the same Fraternity as him at Amherst College. He was always trying to distinguish the black singers from their imitators while listening to records. I think I've got some photos of his performances in 1961 at Hartford (?) festival in Connecticut. He is still living in my memories with his music and way of standing while singing and playing the banjo. Maybe this early photo is already on one of my websites !


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