|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||blues under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Frankie Lee Jones, 29 April 1941, Mart, Texas, USA. Lee began singing as a small child as a member of the congregation of a local church and later with the churchs choir. In his teens he began singing secular music, including blues, R&B and soul. A regular partner in these days was Sonny Rhodes and together they played in clubs in Austin, Texas. It was during this period that Lee was heard by Ike Turner who brought him into his show, and this nightly exposure to the music of Ike And Tina Turner proved to be invaluable experience for the young singer. This was in the early 60s, and soon afterwards Lee made some singles for Peacock Records that enjoyed regional popularity. He played clubs in and around Houston, Texas, before joining Albert Collins with whom he worked until the end of the decade. In the early 70s, Lee relocated to California where he worked with Johnny Guitar Watson, a cousin, and also recorded a number of singles.