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The Dr Feelgood 'book' includes names of few very good musicians but
the one and only name you can read on every single page is the name of
LEE BRILLEAUX 

 

CAN WORDS DESCRIBE THIS MAN ???

Lee in 1961

Lee in 1961
(From PRIVATE COLLECTION SHIRLEY BRILLEAUX - Many Thanks for sending the pic and for giving permission to publish.)

 

LEE's OWN WORDS in November 1989

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BRILLEAUXISMS
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[ Brilleauxisms taken from FEELIN' GOOD Newsletter No.39 / April 2005 ]
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Lee in France

Lee in France
(Sent by LIONEL FROM FRANCE.
Taken from the Newspaper ''Liberation''.
Copyright CLAUDE GASSIAN, french Rock Photographer.
Thanks for the details to MICHEL ROUGIER, Marseille.)

 

Lee died on 7th April 1994 (lymphoma) at his home in Leigh on Sea, Essex.
That evening saw the loss of a friend to many,
a husband to Shirley who he married in July 1981,
a father to Kelly Elisabeth (b Nov.1984) and Nicholas Paul (b Jan.1988)
and a great performer when he took the stage
anywhere in the world with Dr Feelgood.

(Dr Feelgood Newsletter Issue 3, April 1996)

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.Painting by Andreas Ohlendorff.
Painting by Andreas Ohlendorff, Germany
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The painting is part of a huge collection of Andreas' paintings from dead musicians.
An amazing project which shall be exhibited in a german music museum (ca.2003/4).
(Published with friendly permission by the artist.)

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OBITUARIES

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11. and 12.April 1994 - Southend Evening Echo :

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BIGGER IMAGE ........................... BIGGER IMAGE ....................
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With the death of Lee the 'Dr Feelgood book' seemed to be closed forever.

Many friends and fans remained with a crying soul
but also with a wonderful last gift by Lee:
The very special live-album 'Down at the Doctors'
which was recorded three months before Lee died.
It was his wish to play once more in the small town
where everything has started, in a pub which
was filled with the musical history of the area.

At the last two gigs of Lee, January 24th and 25th 1994,
the small Dr Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island
was packed with people I have never met before
and probably will never meet again.

In these two nights
the people were connected with each other
in a special way.

Lee Brilleaux has died on April 7th,
and the first memorial concert for Lee was held
on May 10th in the Feelgood Music Bar.

Again the room was packed with fans and friends,
with fellow band mates, past and present.
Deeply united with their hearts and feelings
to the honour of Lee.
Ever lasting memories.

And - believe me or not -
I felt him too was present that night.

Gabi Schwanke
 

It only takes a little space
to say how much I loved you,
but it will take up all my life
to forget the day I lost you.

On Lee's Memorial bench
Gabi - on Lee's Memorial bench in Leigh-On-Sea, Essex / UK

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Lee Brilleaux on stage

That is how many people will remember Lee: Totally into the music.
 

Lee Brilleaux making big nose

A wise man, as he was, Lee always took the chance for having fun.
 

Typical Lee Brilleaux stage scene

Lee typical ''stage glance''. Thank God, he never looked at me like this offstage.
Probably it would had made me run away...
- Festival in Hagen, Germany at 20nd June 1992
(PHOTO COPYRIGHT BY GABRIELE SCHWANKE, GERMANY)
 

Lee the Blues man

He really was a man of the Blues...
(Promo by Grand Records)
 

Agent Lee

Lee Brilleaux was a true gentleman! - This photo reminds me a bit on Agent 007...
(Promo by Grand Records)

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LEE's TOP 10 Feelgood Tracks (Nov 1989)

1.) SHE DOES IT RIGHT - first Wilko Johnson song ever recorded.
2.) RIOT IN CELL BLOCK #9 - one of our best adaptations of a Coasters song.
3.) DIMPLES - Big John Lee Hooker fan.
4.) STUPIDITY - great song and the title track of our #1 album.
5.) MILK + ALCOHOL - co-written by my favourite producer Nick Lowe.
6.) YOU DON'T LOVE ME - by Willy Cobb - always a great crowd pleaser.
7.) BACK IN THE NIGHT - a great Wilko song after thousands of performances still as fresh as a daisy.
8.) DOWN AT THE DOCTORS - Tailor-made for the band by Mickey Jupp, always a pleasure to play.
9.) MAD MAN BLUES - fast becoming a favourite with live band AND live audience.
10.) BEST IN THE WORLD - Another Nick Lowe song and a great opener!
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June 2, 2006: Will Birch has visited Lee's memorial bench at Jackson Square Park in New York this May, and sent these 2 photos to us:

Birch at Lee bench NYPlaque - Brilleaux memorial bench NY
Will Birch (800x647px) / Brilleaux memorial plaque (800x637px)
(Thanks to Will for the shots!):

Read an Interview with Lee from December 1989.

LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIALS - The annual Feelgood(ies) Meetings
 

MORE PHOTOS OF LEE

in THE GIGS photos section, the Fans Forum and all over this website.
 

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