Albert Lee (born 21 December 1943 in Leominster, Herefordshire, England) is known as the guitarists’ guitarist, having begun with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds and then Heads Hands & Feet in the UK, he moved to the US to work with The Crickets and Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band. In the early 80s he worked with Eric Clapton. He also played regularly with The Everly Brothers for over twenty years.
Lee first experienced commercial success as the lead guitarist with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds. Quitting the Thunderbirds in 1968, Lee joined Heads Hands & Feet in 1969 until the breakup in 1973.
In 1974 Lee left the UK for Los Angeles, California, and joined The Crickets through his friend bassist Rick Grech (of Blind Faith). The band cut three albums together including A Long Way From Lubbock. By then Lee was receiving many offers of session work. In 1976, Lee was asked to join Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, replacing one of his heroes, James Burton, who was returning to perform with Elvis Presley. Starting in 1978, Lee worked for five years with Eric Clapton, playing and singing for a live concert recording at the Budokan in Japan.
Lee was responsible for The Everly Brothers 1983 reunion concert and was its musical director. He played regularly with the Everlys for over twenty years.
In 1987, Lee was invited by Gerry Hogan to headline at a steel guitar festival in Newbury, Berkshire. Lee was at first intimidated by the prospect of having to front a band, however, the gig was successful and he now tours with Hogan’s Heroes on a regular basis.