Back in the mid 1950s, Michigan area country music and rockabilly fans
could listen to a youngster named Larry Lee, the Country Cat. Larry
was a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Larry won three consecutive talent contests which led to an immediate
call from the station manager at WMUS in Muskegon, Michigan to join
their staff of musicians.
He sang and played rhythm guitar usually when he was leading the band.
But could also play the bass and drums. A feature in an Eddie Adams
Fan Club Journal notes that two his favorite songs at the time were
Gone by Ferlin Husky and Home of the Blues by Johnny Cash.
Around 1958, Larry had his own show over WBFC out of Fremont, Michigan
with his band the Rainbow Rangers.
Larry played every Saturday night at the Nighthawk Casino on Campou Lake
and on Saturday nights he was working the Tamarack Barn Dance near
Howard City where he worked with the Country Rhythm Boys.
In his short life up to then, Larry had tried working at such jobs
in a bakery, at a gasoline station or in the shoe factory, but always
seemed to find a way to include his music.
Credits & Sources
- Eddie Adams Fan Club Journal No. 3; Agnes McDonald (President);
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (copy courtesy of Eddie Adams family).