Saturday, August 05, 2006

Arthur Lee R.I.P.

Arthur Lee, the founder of the Los Angeles psychedelic group Love, has passed away at age 61 from leukemia.

He formed Love and and his group was among the first to be signed to Elektra Records. Their most famous album, Forever Changes, released in 1968 is considered by many to be a classic album of the '60s rock era. Their two big hits were My Little Red Book and 7 & 7 Is.

A benefit concert was held in June in Los Angeles and organized by former Led Zeppelin front man, Robert Plant. The funds were raised to help pay for medical expenses Arthur Lee needed, a bone marrow transplant. "But for this disease I would never have known I was loved this much", said Lee from his hospital bed in May.