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larry michael lee: bio

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I was born in Springfield MO. in 1947. Music was more than a career choice; it was a matter of bloodline. I'm the only son of a noted big band singer from the 40's era and at the age of twelve I followed in his footsteps by forming my first band.

Playing drums in rock’n’roll bands all the way through junior high and high school led me to college, where music remained much more important to me than studying and grades. It was during the years of the “draft” and once I dropped out of college I received a less than friendly invitation from my local Selective Service office. Only months before I received my notice of induction, my band had been chosen by the State Department to become a USO touring act. And where did they send us? Vietnam.

After that experience it was very easy for me to just go ahead and join the Navy for four years as opposed to letting the Army get their hands on me for two. I liked the odds of survival better.

It was during my last two years of duty while stationed in Puerto Rico that I began writing songs. There was a small chapel on base and it was there, when no one else was around, that I taught myself how to play piano and by the time I was discharged I had written over thirty songs.

Following the end of my military service in the summer of 1970, I went back home to Missouri and continued with my songwriting and playing my drums in bands. It was in 1972 that my tenure with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils began and lasted for about ten years, capped-off by the success of radio staple Jackie Blue. 1982 brought the release of my solo album, “Marooned” and then my subsequent move to Nashville where I worked as a staff songwriter for a publishing company and did a bit of session work as a background vocalist.

Having sung background vocals on several Jimmy Buffett records, in 1986 Jimmy enlisted me to tour with his Coral Reefer Band. I later established a production partnership with Buffett tour mate Josh Leo, leading to a new career as a record producer for artists such as Alabama, Restless Heart, Juice Newton and many others. Along the way, Josh and I racked-up numerous multi-platinum albums and thirteen number one singles. Our lifelong affinity for British pop brought about the formation of The Del Beatles in 1989, which included several of our closest friends and fellow session plays with whom we as a group became a Nashville club sensation from the late 80's thru the 90’s. In 2000 we change our name to the Vinyl Kings (so we wouldn't get sued by the Fab Four) and recorded our first CD, “A Little Trip” and in 2005 we followed that up with “Time Machine”.

Also in 2005 came the release of Beyond Reach, a collaboration with old OMD band mate Randle Chowning. In 2006 I decided "enough was enough" as the music business I'd known all these years seemed to be sliding off a precipice. I figured it was time to make my getaway and moved back to Missouri after spending 23 years in the Nashville music scene.

I now spend most of my time outside when the weather is nice doing landscaping and gardening around my house.  I’m also still doing a few concerts with Randle and our little group Beyond Reach, along with producing the occasional CD for independent artists who enlist my help.

 

Discography

Artist

1973 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “The Quilt Album”

1974 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “It’ll Shine When It Shines”

1975 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “Car Over The Lake”

1976 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “Men From Earth”

1977 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “Don’t Look Down”

1978 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “It’s Alive”

1981 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “Ozark Mountain Daredevils”

1982 - Larry Lee “Marooned”

1997 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “13”

2000 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “Time Warp”

2001 - Vinyl Kings "A Little Trip"

2005 - Beyond Reach "Beyond Reach"

2005 - Vinyl Kings "Time Machine"

2010 - Larry Michael Lee “Twigs”

2010 - Larry Michael Lee “Buds On Branches”

2011 - Beyond Reach "Waiting On The Sun"

2014 - Beyond Reach "Further"

 

Production

1988 - J.C. Crowley “Beneath The Texas Moon”

1988 - Tracie Spencer "Tracie Spencer"

1989 - Juice Newton “Ain’t Gonna Cry”

1989 - Alabama “Southern Star”

1990 - Jon Goin "Waltz At Big Sky"

1990 - Alabama “Pass It On Down”

1990 - K.T. Oslin "Love In A Small Town"

1991 - The Remingtons “Blue Frontier”

1991 - Alabama “Alabama – Greatest Hits Vol. 2

1991 - Earl Thomas Conley “Yours Truly”

1991 - Restless Heart "The Best Of Restless Heart"

1992 - Alabama “American Pride”

1992 - Signatures 3 “A Songwriters Album”

1993 - The Remingtons “Am For The Heart”

1993 - Alabama “Cheap Seats”

1994 - Alabama “Greatest Hits Vol. 3

1997 - Hugo Duarte “Places Alone The Road”

1997 - Ozark Mountain Daredevils “13”

1998 - Alabama “For The Record: 41 Number One Hits”

1999 - Sally Barris “Reluctant Daughter”

2001 - Alabama “When It All Goes South”

2001 - Hugo Duarte “Another Day In Paradise”

2002 - Vinyl Kings “A Little Trip”

2004 - Alabama “Ultimate Alabama 20 #1 Hits”

2005 - Jim Photoglo “Sparks In The Radio”

2005 - Vinyl Kings “Time Machine”

2005 - Alabama “The Essential Alabama”

2005 - Beyond Reach “Beyond Reach”

2005 - Hugo Duarte “Don’t Be Fooled By The Hat”

2006 - Alabama "Livin'Lovin'Rockin'Rollin': The 25th Anniversary Collection"

2007 - Alabama "16 Biggest Hits"

2008 - Emily Higgins “On The Square”

2008 - Jim Photoglo "Is It Me?"

2009 - Alabama “The Music of Alabama (Box Set)

2009 - Lyal Strickland “So Many Incidents”

2011 - Beyond Reach "Waiting On The Sun"

2014 - Beyond Reach "Further"