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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
CAN WORDS DESCRIBE THIS MAN ???
(From PRIVATE COLLECTION SHIRLEY BRILLEAUX - Many Thanks for sending the pic and for giving permission to publish.)
LEE's OWN WORDS in November 1989
BORN 10-05-52 Durban, South Africa of English parents on contract work in that country.
RETURNED to England 1955. Raised in Ealing, West London.
ATTENDED Oaklands Primary and Junior Schools and Ealing Grammar School for boys.
MOVED to Canvey Island, Essex 1965. Attended Rayleigh Sweyne Comprehensive School. At this time met John B. Sparks and Chris Fenwick (future bass player and manager of 'Dr Feelgood').
EMPLOYED as a solicitor's Clerk (1968) after leaving school. During this period played in the Southside Jug Band and the Pigboy Charlie Band and the Wild Bunch.
ATTENDED The Royal College of Law 1970/72 to study for Solicitors Admission Certificate, at this time began to play with Dave Higgs (future Hot Rods guitarist).
FORMED (1972) Dr Feelgood with Wilko Johnson, John B. Sparks, Big Figure.
PLAYED the London pub circuit as a result of recommendation of Will Birch (future Kursaal Flyers Drummer).
RECEIVED avid attention of music press as result of above performances.
CONTRACTED to United Artists record label (1974) as a result of above publicity.
RECORDED 1st Dr Feelgood album 'Down by the Jetty' produced by Vic Maile in mono.
RECORDED 2nd album 'Malpractice'.
RELEASED 'Stupidity' No1 album recorded live at Sheffield and Southend.
CONTRACTED to C.B.S. Records for America as a result of above success. Band toured extensively in America but encountered many problems with Wilko Johnson's problems of pressure being principle song-writer.
RECORDED 'Sneakin' Suspicion' at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth. The inclusion of 'Lucky Seven' (a Lew Lewis song) led to the row which precipitated in Wilko leaving the band. From now on most history of the band can be obtained from the excellent sleeve notes to the 'Singles' album.
Lee DIED on 7th April 1994 (lymphoma) at his home in Leigh on Sea, Essex, UK.
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Lee's wit was second to none, here's a few examples collected by Ian Fawkes:
On soundchecks - ''You're better off reading a book or having a shit.''
On Celebrity - ''I don't know how any celebrity can hang around night clubs etc. It's not for me, I'd rather go to a dog meeting.''
On leaving his solicitors job - ''It came to a point where I had no choice, but what man of 21 is going to turn down foreign travel and crumpet.''
On Barbour jackets - ''The bloke who sold it me said 'They're good for catching grouse', I said you don't get many grouse in Southend.''
Asked by Richard
Skinner on live Radion One - ''So Lee, ten years on, why do you still do
it, racing around the country gigging?''
Lee replied: ''Have you seen what they pay down the dole office these days?''
Brilleauxisms taken from FEELIN' GOOD Newsletter
No.39 / April 2005 ]
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(Sent by LIONEL FROM FRANCE.
Taken from the Newspaper ''Liberation''.
Copyright CLAUDE GASSIAN, french Rock Photographer.
Thanks for the details to MICHEL ROUGIER, Marseille.)
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)
Painting by Andreas Ohlendorff, Germany
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.)
11. and 12.April 1994 - Southend Evening Echo :
.......................BIGGER IMAGE ........................... BIGGER IMAGE ....................
With the death of Lee the 'Dr Feelgood book' seemed to be closed forever.
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.
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.
these two nights
the people were connected with each other
in a special way.
Brilleaux has died on April 7th,
and the first memorial concert for Lee was held
on May 10th in the Feelgood Music Bar.
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.
- believe me or not -
I felt him too was present that night.
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.
Gabi - on Lee's Memorial bench in Leigh-On-Sea, Essex / UK
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is how many people will remember Lee: Totally into the music.
wise man, as he was, Lee always took the chance for having fun.
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)
really was a man of the Blues...
(Promo by Grand Records)
Brilleaux was a true gentleman! - This photo reminds me a bit on Agent
(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!
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:
Will Birch (800x647px) / Brilleaux memorial plaque (800x637px)
(Thanks to Will for the shots!):
Read an Interview with Lee from December 1989.
BRILLEAUX MEMORIALS - The annual Feelgood(ies) Meetings
MORE PHOTOS OF LEE
THE GIGS photos section, the Fans
Forum and all over this website.
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