Lee and splendid band share good times

HE has been performing for nearly six decades and, at 73, Lonnie Lee is still treating audiences to a trip down memory lane when pop, rock'n'roll and country music began filling the airwaves.

Fans will get to relive some of the greatest hits from the 1950s and '60s when Lonnie Lee and the Leemen perform at the Blacktown Workers Club on Saturday, March 1.

During the first half of the show Lee will perform Elvis Presley classics.

"These are the very rare songs not many people perform these days — not so much the jumpsuit Elvis we see around now," the rockabilly crooner said.

"A unique part of the show is when I perform some hits from the '50s and '60s by my friends and peers like Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran and Johnnie Ray."

Lee will also sing his own songs and hits such as Starlight Starbright and I Found a New Love.

"The second half is the Lonnie Lee show, when I get to perform my hit records and songs from my albums over the years," he said.

But the show is not only for fans who grew up dancing to the likes of Lee, Cash, Presley or Ray.

It is a celebration of a wonderful and exciting time in music that, Lee says, the younger generation sadly missed out on.

"Occasionally we get younger people in the audience who say to me 'my parents dragged me here but I am so glad they did because this music is so fun," he said.

"My peers and I feel very sorry for the young ones who don't get to experience what we had then.

"If one could only open the time machine and take everyone under 40 back to those times ['50s and '60s] and sit them down in the auditoriums, dance halls and theatres to experience the wonderment of when music was so new and vibrant and exciting."

But Lee will do just that for those who go to see the show.

"Most of my audience is people who grew up during that era, so I want to take them back to the times in their life when they were having fun and didn't have responsibilities like today," he said.

"It is my pleasure to open the door back to when most of their experiences were good and fun, so they can relive the wonderful times of their youth."

■ Tickets: $7.50 members and $10.50 visitors. Bookings: workersclub.com.au or call 9830 0600.

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