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Freddie 'Fingers' Lee dead at 76

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Jan 20, 2014 | 3:40pm EST

Guitarist and pianist Freddie 'fingers' Lee has died, aged 76. The one-eyed British rocker passed away on 13 January (14). Lee, who lost his right eye at the age of three, was a member of Screaming Lord Sutch's band The Savages, and he also performed with Cliff Richard, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Marty Wilde, among others. He was a regular at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany and befriended the Beatles before they hit it big. Paying tribute to his old pal, Mott the Hoople star Ian Hunter, who played with Lee in Hurricane Harry & the Shriekers, took to his website and wrote, "Fred was a character... We starved together in Germany - van broken down - club owner not paying us - but we got to play for hours every night and that was the buzz. Somehow disasters were averted and we'd make it back. "I always felt bad for Fred. He was - quite naturally - Jerry Lee Lewis' twin. Same range, same power on the keyboards, same arrogance and he could be really funny - same love of American Country music - he would often sail into a song the band had never heard of. Fred loved the raw original beginnings of Rock 'n' Roll and remained staunchly loyal to it during a long, successful career. He had a lot of fans in Europe and never seemed to stop working - music was his life... Rest In Peace, Freddie."

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