Episode 11 with Will Lee 

My guest today is Mr. Will Lee. What can you say about Will that hasn’t already been said? He’s one of the most recorded bassists ever-     He hit the ground running in NYC after landing the gig with Dreams at age 18 and hasn’t looked back appearing on well over 1000 records. He’s also a very talented singer and sang on many jingles that you probably didn’t even realize he was on. 

And even if you haven’t heard Will on records (which I’m sure is simply not possible) you’ve undoubtedly seen him in your living room night after night as a member of the "World's Most Dangerous Band" on Late Night David Letterman Show, a gig he held for a stunning 30 years. Will is a very positive and forward thinking person, his enthusiasm for music and his love of the Beatles is fully evident (as you’ll hear). 

In this interview I ask Will a lot of questions which he provides some great and oftentimes amusing answers to- The scene in NYC then and now, Steve Gadd, Hiram Bullock, Beatles, groove demonstrations, Jaco, Steely Dan and much, much more- oh and we do quite a bit of jamming at the end!! I've included a little bonus outtake at the very end where Will gives an example of how a top LA musician (David Garfield) was able to create his own scene and how any musician can do the same.

Hope you enjoy!

(This interview took place at Will's Manhattan studio, April 2017.)


 

9 comments

  • Connie Grudesen

    Connie Grudesen

    I had the pleasure of seeing Will Lee live on the David Letterman Show! The band Worlds Most Dangerous Band is really good! They could Play everything! I also loved Paul Schaefer!! Yes, Will Lee is a very talented musician!

    I had the pleasure of seeing Will Lee live on the David Letterman Show! The band Worlds Most Dangerous Band is really good! They could Play everything! I also loved Paul Schaefer!! Yes, Will Lee is a very talented musician!

  • Ed Wenzel

    Ed Wenzel Long Island

    So cool you two got together. First off did you get Will's tooth hurty line ? Here's needed sound bite... Ba dump bump!😃Also one of Will's greatest non bass moments. Doing in step shuffle while backing Todd Rundgren on Want of a nail with the Worlds most dangerous singers. I wonder if he remembers talking with me about the quality of the death dogs. Vox tear drop bass's and Cindy Laupers stripper name.....Carrot!

    So cool you two got together. First off did you get Will's tooth hurty line ? Here's needed sound bite... Ba dump bump!😃Also one of Will's greatest non bass moments. Doing in step shuffle while backing Todd Rundgren on Want of a nail with the Worlds most dangerous singers. I wonder if he remembers talking with me about the quality of the death dogs. Vox tear drop bass's and Cindy Laupers stripper name.....Carrot!

  • Ed Wenzel

    Ed Wenzel N.Y.

    Talking at Beatlfest.

    Talking at Beatlfest.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous Annapolis, MD

    Really enjoyed this interview, thank you!

    Really enjoyed this interview, thank you!

  • Linda Fleming

    Linda Fleming Marietta, Ohio

    I really enjoyed your podcast. You two could probably go on for hours and have a blast. I am a huge Beatles fan. I go see the FaB Faux in Ann Arbor every April. I live talking to the band after. Will told me the Paul's Bass story. Very generous Will!!! Loved the story. He showed me the photo on his phone of Paul holding Will's Hoffner after he gave it to him, that someone found online. Has the Velcro on the side.....good job on the interview!!! 🎶👍

    I really enjoyed your podcast. You two could probably go on for hours and have a blast. I am a huge Beatles fan. I go see the FaB Faux in Ann Arbor every April. I live talking to the band after. Will told me the Paul's Bass story. Very generous Will!!! Loved the story. He showed me the photo on his phone of Paul holding Will's Hoffner after he gave it to him, that someone found online. Has the Velcro on the side.....good job on the interview!!! 🎶👍

  • John Peden

    John Peden 1 block from Will

    Not a discouraging word was said. Thanks guys, very enjoyable.

    Not a discouraging word was said. Thanks guys, very enjoyable.

  • Robert

    Robert Cary, NC

    Absolutely wonderful interviews with extraordinary guests. The names thrown around and the stories....Ray Gomez, Steve Gadd, Lee Sklar, Hiram Bullock, etc......all classic and super talented musicians. Love your interview style and questions regarding musicianship and techniques. Great stuff!

    Absolutely wonderful interviews with extraordinary guests. The names thrown around and the stories....Ray Gomez, Steve Gadd, Lee Sklar, Hiram Bullock, etc......all classic and super talented musicians. Love your interview style and questions regarding musicianship and techniques. Great stuff!

  • Gerald Stockton

    Gerald Stockton Orlando. Fl.

    Great, intelligent interview. First heard the greatness of Will, the groove machine, in high school growing up in South Africa. Had just gotten into Chicago, Bs&T and Dreams. I remember clearly saying to my buddy at the time that this young bass player, Will Lee was the shit and what great time he had! The second Dreams album really knocked me out!I have based my playing on Will's since that time.

    Great, intelligent interview. First heard the greatness of Will, the groove machine, in high school growing up in South Africa. Had just gotten into Chicago, Bs&T and Dreams. I remember clearly saying to my buddy at the time that this young bass player, Will Lee was the shit and what great time he had! The second Dreams album really knocked me out!I have based my playing on Will's since that time.

  • Hank Alinger

    Hank Alinger Laurel, MD

    Shane, Great interview with Will! I have listened to a number of your podcasts and have enjoyed them all! Excellent work!

    Shane,

    Great interview with Will! I have listened to a number of your podcasts and have enjoyed them all! Excellent work!

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