Music History

Music History Biographies

Music History Of The Week

Music History Calendar

Lee McBee

Lee McBee was born on 23/03/1951 in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Kansas City and collected blues and soul records. In 1969, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas. There he would perform in bands that included Screamin’ Lee and Rocktones; Bob Wire and the Worm Ranch Wranglers; Used Parts; and the Lynch-McBee Band. He would become known as one of the region's best blues harmonica players. During this time he had a job as a fat dropper in the Stokely plant in Lawrence. Later on, he cooked at the Cornucopia Cafe in Lawrence.
In 1982 McBee moved to Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. He would record and perform with Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Rogers, Doug Sahm and Johnny Winter.
In the mid-1980s, he moved to Dallas.
In 1985, Lee met guitarist Mike Morgan and they formed the Crawl.
In 1994 he formed his own band called The Passions. The band would relocate to Kansas City and later became Lee McBee and the Confessors.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lee became known nationally as part of Mike Morgan and the Crawl and The Passions.
In the 2000s, McBee and his band toured northeast Kansas and north-west Missouri. They released two albums.
In 2009, Lee McBee was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.
On 24/06/2014, Lee McBee died.

The Music History Calendar is written by the Blues Rock artist Marshland Pete
If you would like more, come join our Music News and History Facebook Group Community