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Lenny Dee

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There’s two Lenny Dees. One is the fifties organ player who had a #1 hit with Plantation Boogie in 1955. The other is a New York DJ. You can find out more about the organ player here and here.

Lenny Dee

Born Leonard George DeStoppelaire, 5 January 1923, Chicago, Illinois
Died 12 February 2006, Saint Petersburg, Florida


Dee master of dee organ who made dee most of his dee-stinctive name. The youngest of eleven children, he was born in Chicago, where his father ran a tavern near Logan Square, but the family moved to Florida when he was a child, and Florida remained his home for most of his life. He began studying music in his early teens, taking accordion lessons. He was good enough to be working as a professional before he was drafted in 1943.

Dee put most of his savings from his Navy pay into buying a Hammond Model A organ, one of the first commercially-available electronic organs in the U.S. He returned to music, this time as an organist, but had only moderate success until the early 1950s, when country singer Red Foley heard him and convinced his label, Decca, to hire Dee as a corn-fed alternative to the lively Ethel Smith. Dee’s biggest hit, “Plantation Boogie,” came early in his career and was covered by dozens of other artists. Dee himself admitted that the tune was based on a riff from Pine Top Smith’s “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie.”

Although he never charted again, Decca kept him on contract for over 20 years. He recorded steadily, cutting two to four albums a year for Decca and its successor MCA, until MCA axed most of its easy-listening roster of artists in the early 1970s.

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  • Manic-Insanity

    FUCK YOU ORGAN PLAYER!!!

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • In-Dying-Days

    Changed it! :D

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • CheerfulZombie

    please change this stupid photo! [2]

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • vx_GASMAN

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee. [8] Also there should be some Lenny Henry samples thrown into the mix for good measure.

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • lettusc

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee. [7]

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mozzerica

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee. [6]

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • podgethebastard

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee. [5]

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • elkoza

    please change this stupid photo!

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • galactichead

    real hardcore mazafaker

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TheDragon6

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee. [4]

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • DANCECORPS

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee.[3]

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • WSCrew

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee.[2]

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • chrisxanthus

    I think Lenny Dee should remix the organ player Lenny Dee into a Hardcore version of Lenny Dee remixes Lenny Dee. It would probably sound sick!! I might even mix it..

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mandrak2000

    I vote for the organist !

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • xAzakura

    Forgotten Moments Ophidian Remix are the best ever track =D!!!!

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • REMEDDY

    GOD! ever BEST only BEST of the BEST

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • djsamination

    yea, but the only way for Last.fm to know what artist is the real one, it would need it users to redirect the played track

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Radalict

    The good Lenny Dee that is, the guy that helped pioneer hardcore EDM. Not some lame organ player. People who create electronic music are musicians just as much as those who play acoustic instruments, probably more so, seeing as they actually create new sounds.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Radalict

    My vote put Lenny Dee up there. I win suckers :)

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • GodLord0

    thats why this track is most listened.. :X

    1 Jan 2010 Reply
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