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Freddie 'fingers' Lee †

Freddie was born 24 November 1937, and died  13 January 2014. His real name was Frederick John Cheesman and his repertoire ranged from rock and roll, rockabilly boogie woogie and country music.

In the 80's he traveld through Europe, and als came frequently to Eindhoven where he becam aquinted with the Rebels. He became known for his wild antics on stage, that sometimes included destroying a piano with an axe or chainsaw.

Introduction

Born in Consett, Durham in 1937, Lee lost his right eye following an accident with a dart thrown by his father. He would later sometimes cover this eye with a pirate patch. Working as a scaffolder in London in the mid-1950s he taught himself to play his landlady's piano. 
 

Biography

In 1978 Lee joined Jack Good's revival of his successful 1950s show Oh Boy!. It was during this show that Lee took to wearing an eye patch. Lee was notable performer on the show and made a star of Shakin' Stevens. Lee also released two albums, Freddie Fingers Lee (1978) and Ol’ One-Eye’s Back (1979). Lee appeared in the 1980 film Blue Suede Shoes which detailed the revival of 1950s rock 'n' roll music scene at the time. He destroys a piano at the end of his song with an axe. 

Singles at the time of fame:                         

 - "One-Eyed Boogie Boy" 1978
 - "I'm Down" 
 - "Come Back Baby" 
 - "I'm A Nutt"
 - ''Dib Dab Boogie''

Website
http://www.rockabillyhall.com/RaySmith.html

Vocals, Piano – Freddie "Fingers" Lee
Bass – Roscoe Birchmore
Drums – Bob Burgos
Guitar, Fiddle – Nick Malone*
Producer – Bert Rockhuizen


Interview wit Louis Smeets

Bert and Freddie

Kid, Jaguar, Freddie, Bobby

Freddie and band

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