Today's Birthdays

one click shows all of today's celebrity birthdays

Browse All Birthdays

43,625    Actors
27,931    Actresses
4,867    Composers
7,058    Directors
842    Footballers
221    Racing drivers
925    Singers
9,111    Writers

Get FamousLikeMe on your website
One line of code gets FamousLikeMe on your website. Find out more.

Subscribe to Daily updates

Add to Google

privacy policy

Famous Like Me > Composer > L > Geddy Lee

Profile of Geddy Lee on Famous Like Me

Name: Geddy Lee  
Also Know As:
Date of Birth: 29th July 1953
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Profession: Composer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
Geddy Lee (30th Anniversary tour photo 2004)

Gary Lee Weinrib OC (b. July 29, 1953, in Toronto, Ontario), best known as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician who is the vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the progressive rock group Rush.

Weinrib grew up as the son of Polish parents who were both survivors of Nazi concentration camps, Dachau and Bergen-Belsen. Lee's stage name (and later legal name) "Geddy" was inspired by the heavily-accented pronunciation of his given first name "Gary" by his grandmother. In 2004, Canadian Jewish News would feature Lee's reflections upon his mother's experiences and his own Jewish heritage.

An award-winning musician, Lee's style and technique on the bass guitar have proven very influential in the rock and heavy metal genres, inspiring (by their own accounts) such players as Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, John Myung of Dream Theater, Les Claypool of Primus, Cliff Burton of Metallica, and countless others. Lee's vocal style, while less influential, is nonetheless distinctive; one Rolling Stone critic (perhaps affectionately) labelled it a cross between Robert Plant and Daffy Duck.

Geddy Lee in concert with Rush.Milan, Italy (September 21, 2004)

Lee's first solo effort, My Favorite Headache, was released in 2000. In addition to his composing, arranging, and performing duties for Rush, Lee has produced albums for various other bands, including Rocket Science, and recorded a short rendition of "O Canada" with Lifeson included on the South Park soundtrack. Geddy Lee is also heard singing the minor hit "Take Off" on the McKenzie Brothers (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) 1981 comedy album The Great White North: Bob and Doug McKenzie.

Geddy is also a devoted baseball fan who performed "O Canada" at the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and took batting practice with the then-California Angels (circa 1992).

Along with his colleagues Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio were the first rock musicians so honoured.


Although he has varied his equipment lineup from time to time (experimenting with Steinberger and Wal basses), Lee has long favored Fender Jazz basses and Rickenbacker basses. In 2002, Fender released the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, a Jazz built to Lee's specifications, which he now uses extensively on tour. In addition to several asthetic changes, the instrument features upgraded vintage-style pickups and a BadAss II bass bridge.


  • Bass Hall of Fame - Guitar Player Magazine
  • 6 time winner: "Best Rock Bass" - Guitar Player Magazine
  • 1993 - "Best Rock Bass Player" Bass Player readers' poll

Geddy Lee | Alex Lifeson | Neil Peart

John Rutsey

Original studio albums
Rush | Fly by Night | Caress of Steel | 2112 | A Farewell to Kings | Hemispheres | Permanent Waves | Moving Pictures | Signals | Grace Under Pressure | Power Windows | Hold Your Fire | Presto | Roll the Bones | Counterparts | Test for Echo | Vapor Trails
Other records
Not Fade Away (Single) | Feedback (Cover album)
Live albums
All The World's a Stage | Exit...Stage Left | A Show of Hands | Different Stages | Rush in Rio | R30 Live In Frankfurt
Archives | Chronicles | Retrospective I | Retrospective II | The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987
Side projects and guest appearances
Burning For Buddy | Burning For Buddy, Vol. 2 | Victor | My Favorite Headache

This content from Wikipedia is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Geddy Lee