Richie Lee, Des Moines, IA
Great 50-60's band from Des Moines, Iowa
Richie Lee now just 19 years old from Des Moines, Iowa, was singing almost before he could talk. At the age of 7 he won a Buddy Holly look alike lip sync contest in Des Moines, Iowa, sponsored by KJJY Radio. His interest in Buddy Holly began at the age of 6, listening to CD's. he began taking guitar lessons at age 11 and drums at age 12. Richie has performed on stage with Winter Dance Party Drummer Carl Bunch, Bobby Vee & the Vee’s, Jerry Naylor, Stan Perkins, Holly Backup singers the Roses, The Tolletts, Larry Welborn & friend, the Legendary Peggy Sue Gerron as well as Tommy Alllsup, just name a few.
Richie has played with many Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bands & started his own band in 2003 at the age of 13 called “Richie Lee & the Fabulous 50's”. They are constantly touring the mid-west and beyond. He has traveled as far as Massachusetts, Colorado, Texas and Tennessee, just to name a few.
In 2007, Richie got the opportunity to perform in place of Ritchie Valens, when Valens was inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The family of Valens were present and they all joined in on "La Bamba". Richie was only 17, the same age as Ritchie Valens was when the plane crashed on February 3, 1959. Richie was presented with a gold record by the Valens family in 2009 at the 50th anniversary in Clear Lake, Iowa.
The music of the 1950's is a huge part of Richie's life. Besides Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, he also pays tribute to Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Dion Dimucci, and many others. His father is a lyricist, and collaborates with Richie to write original songs that are not on CD yet, but will be in the near future.
Interested in having this bright young star play for your next event, call 507-546-3657.