Laura Lee is a great and largely forgotten singer from Detroit whose career saw her cross paths with some of the most important personalities, record companies and American musical forms. Lee charted 15 hit singles between 1967 and 1976.
She was a member of the Meditation Singers (a superb gospel group), and cut records for both Chess and Hot Wax.
She dated Al Green for a spell, Sinatra tried to sign her, and we understand that today she keeps a low profile.
I picked up an early Meditation Singers LP this weekend, and that got me thinking that I really need to track her down and talk with her. Because she must really have some stories and man she is such an amazing singer. Feel free to leave comments, stories, or questions for Ms. Lee below.
Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...