Geddy Lee is a singer and songwriter who has become famous for being the lead vocalist of the Canadian rock band, Rush. Apart from being the vocalist of the group, the multi-award winning singer is also the bassist and keyboardist of the band. While he put in his best to make the band successful, Lee also worked as a solo artist trying to launch a career separate from the dealings of the group. Read on to see how much he ha achieved on both sides.
Geddy Lee’s Biography
Although he is most popular as Geddy Lee, it was as Gary Lee Weinrib that the singer was born on July 29, 1953, in Willowdale, Toronto, Canada to polish parents, Morris and Mary Weinrib, both of whom were Holocaust survivors. Shortly after the Second World War, his parents got married at a displaced person camp and after that, they moved to Canada where they started a family and had Geddy and his 2 siblings.
Gary Lee Weinrib changed his name to Geddy as a result of the manner in which his mother pronounced his name with a strong Yiddish accent that made the name sound more like “Geddy” rather “Gary”.
The task of raising Geddy and his siblings was left on his mother after his father died following a medical problem he developed after being in imprisoned during the WWII. With his mother always busy working to take care of the family, Lee got into music some more and began putting time into his practice.
Having played music in school since before he was a teenager, he dropped out of school to focus on music, something that left his mother completely devastated. As a result of this, he decided he would work hard to make sure it was worth it, especially seeing all that he has put his mother through.
In 1968, he became a member of Rush which had Alex Lifeson, John Rutsey, and Jeff Jones as members. It was after Jeff Jones who was the bassist of the band left that he was brought in as the new man. By 1969, the band was already playing in high schools and any available events and by 1972, it had started performing at concerts.
Rush would go on to release many albums in years to come including Rush (1974), Fly by Night (1975), Caress of Steel (1975), 2112 (1976), A Farewell to Kings (1977), Grace Under Pressure (1984), Power Windows (1985), Vapor Trails (2002), Snakes & Arrows (2007), and Clockwork Angels (2012)
As a solo Artist, Geddy Lee has released a number of albums including Great White North (1981), Vignettes (1983), Blue Green Orange (1999), and Transylvania Avenue (2010).
Thanks to all his efforts, Lee has won many awards including the Guitar Player magazine’s Best Rock Bass 6 times, and Bass Player magazine’s Best Album for Bass for Snakes & Arrows. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2010 and got inducted into the Guitar Player magazine Hall of Fame, Juno Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More so, he has been awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada.
Apart from being a singer, Geddy Lee is also very much into wine collecting. In fact, he has been said to have collected over five thousand bottles. Looking at his net worth, he is estimated to have a fortune of $40 million. He has mostly made his wealth from his musical career.
The singer is popular for his charitable works as well as his scholarship program.
Wife, Kids, Family
The legendary rock singer is a family man. He is married to Nancy Young with whom he has been since the 1970s. The first time the couple met was in 1976 and soon afterward, they began dating. The couple would go on to date for a long time before finally tying the knot as man and wife.
The exact year in which they got married is not known, even though they have remained inseparable since they first met close to half a century ago. Their union has been blessed with two kids; Julian and Kyla.
Height and Weight
There is no denying the fact that Lee is a good looking man even though he has already gone way over the mid ages. That said, he has a slim build and a good height, even though he is not necessarily the tallest you could get on a stage.
In numbers, Geddy Lee has a height of 5ft 10 (177.8 cm). There is, however, no information provided on his weight and other body measurements.