Lee Rocker

Slapping away at a giant stand-up bass with his slicked back Elvis haircut and big-collared zoot suit, Lee Rocker played a key role in the 1980s rockabilly revival and had a big influence on a new generation of bass players. The son of classical clarinettist Stanley Drucker, who was part of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for over 60 years, he grew up in Long Island playing the cello and listening to every form of music he could, before forming the Stray Cats with class mate Brian Setzer and playing at legendary punk club CBGBs in 1979. The band went on to sell more than ten million albums, starting a resurgence of 1950s rock & roll music and fashion, but after their split in 1993, Rocker went on to release the solo albums 'Big Blue', 'Atomic Boogie Hour' and 'No Cats'. He was also part of the short-lived trio Phantom, Rocker & Slick with drummer Slim Jim Phantom and David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick, and played on the comeback albums of his heroes Scotty Moore and Carl Perkins in the 90s, before hosting his own show on XM Radio and appearing in the Broadway musical 'Million Dollar Quartet'. His music continued to celebrate the exuberant twang and rumble of early rock & roll on his later solo records 'Racin' the Devil' and 'Black Cat Bone' and on 2012's 'Night Train to Memphis' he covered some of the tracks that had influenced him the most, including Hank Williams' 'Tear in My Beer' and Eddie Cochran's 'Twenty Flight Rock'.

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