Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats
July 28, 2023
About the Artist
Grammy-nominated Stray Cats founder and Bass Player Hall of Famer
Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass as a founding member of the Grammy nominated music group The Stray Cats. The Stray Cats sold over 10 million albums, garnered 23 gold and platinum certified records, and were music video pioneers of the MTV. The Stray Cats’ worldwide mega hits “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and Seventeen” and “Rock this Town” have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included “Rock this Town” as one of the 500 most important songs in rock.
From the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, appearing on Saturday Night Live, to headlining the US Festival and touring with the Rolling Stones, Lee Rocker has seen and done it all. In addition to The Stray Cats, Lee Rocker has recorded or performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, John Fogerty and Carl Perkins. In 1982, Rocker and his father Stanley Drucker (classical clarinetist/New York Philharmonic) both received Grammy nominations; this was something that has only occurred twice in the history of the Grammy Awards. In 2012 Lee appeared on Broadway in the hit musical "Million Dollar Quartet" and in 2014 he was inducted into the Bass Player Hall of Fame. Rocker has received numerous honors for his contributions to music and the arts, including being inducted to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and he is a recipient of the Visionary Artist Award by the City of Laguna Beach California. In 2021, Rocker was honored to perform at the Library of Congress and the First Lady’s Luncheon for Dr Jill Biden. During 2021, music from his critically acclaimed record “Gather Round” was choreographed and performed as a rock ballet by world renowned New York City dance company “Complexions”. The year 2022 found Lee Rocker included in Bass Player Magazine’s 100 Greatest Bassists of all time – in great company alongside musicians such as Sir Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter and other legends of the instrument.
Lee Rocker has been consistently touring, recording and performing around the globe since 1980 and has cultivated a fanatically loyal following of rockers, rebels and all types of music lovers. He is known for making his upright double bass appear as if it were a lightweight instrument as he spins, throws it about and stands on it during his high energy and fun concerts. In concerts Lee Rocker shares behind the scenes stories about his days and nights on the road and in the music business for the last 40 years. He rocks every town and leaves every audience cheering!