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    Born in Los Angeles, California
    1967 Line-up:
    Arthur Lee (March 7, 1945-August 3, 2006), guitar and vocals
    Bryan MacLean (September 25, 1946-December 25, 1998), guitar and vocals
    Johnny Echols (February 21, 1947- ), lead guitar
    Ken Forssi (March 30, 1943-January 10, 1998), bass guitar
    Michael Stuart, drums
    Recorded the singles 'My Little Red Book,' '7 And 7 Is' and 'Alone Again Or'
    Recorded the albums 'Love' (1966), 'Da Capo' (1967), 'Forever Changes' (1967), 'Four Sail' (1969), 'Out Here' (1969), 'False Start' (1970) and 'Reel to Reel' (1974)
    After the commercial failure of 'Forever Changes,' everyone but Lee either quit or was fired.
    The band refused to play outside of Los Angeles, reportedly because Lee wanted to stay near his drug supplier.
    Lee, MacLean, Echols and Forssi were addicted to heroin.
    Lee insisted, 'Without me, there'd be no Jimi Hendrix, no Sly Stone. I was the first so-called black hippie.'
    Lee spent five and a half years in jail for illegal possession of a firearm (1995-2001).
    Jim Morrison said the Doors' original goal was to be as big as Love.
    Jimi Hendrix played on their album 'False Start.'
    When Lee was diagnosed with leukemia, Robert Plant, Ryan Adams and Yo La Tengo played at a benefit show for him.
    Their songs were used in the movies 'Bottle Rocket' and 'High Fidelity.'
    'Forever Changes' remains a classic of psychedlic rock, ranking #40 in Rolling Stone's list of the greatest albums of all time (2003), #82 in Q magazine (1998), #11 in Mojo magazine (1995) and #83 in a survey by British Channel 4 (2005).

Credit: C. Fishel

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