Geddy Lee is a singer and songwriter who became famous as the lead singer of the Canadian rock band Rush. The award-winning vocalist is not only the lead singer of the group but also the bassist and keyboardist of the band. While he did his best to make the band successful, Lee also worked as a solo artist and tried to start a career independent from the group’s business. Read on to see how much he achieved on both sides.
Geddy Lee’s Biography
Although he is most popular as Geddy Lee, the singer was born on July 29, 1953, in Willowdale, Toronto, Canada, as Gary Lee Weinrib to bury his Polish parents Morris and Mary Weinrib, both Holocaust survivors. Shortly after World War II, his parents got married in an IDP camp and then moved to Canada where they started a family and had Geddy and his 2 siblings.
Gary Lee Weinrib changed his name to Geddy because of the way his mother pronounced his name with a strong Yiddish accent that made the name sound more like “Geddy” than “Gary”.
The task of raising Geddy and his siblings was left to his mother after his father died after a medical problem he developed in captivity during World War II. Since his mother was always busy taking care of the family, Lee became more involved with music and began to invest time in his practice.
Since he was already playing music in school before he was a teenager, he dropped out of school to concentrate on music, leaving his mother completely devastated. He then decided to work hard to make it worth his while, especially considering all that he put his mother through.
In 1968 he became a member of Rush, which included Alex Lifeson, John Rutsey, and Jeff Jones. After Jeff Jones, who was the bassist of the band, left the band, he was hired as a new man. By 1969 the band was already playing in high schools and at all available events, and in 1972 the band began to perform at concerts.
In the years that followed, Rush released numerous albums, 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 6 times the Guitar Player magazine’s Best Rock Bass Award and Bass Player magazine’s Best Bass Album for Snakes & Arrows. In 2010 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was inducted into Guitar Player magazine’s Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada.
Geddy Lee is not only a singer but also loves to collect wine. In fact, he is said to have collected over five thousand bottles. Considering his net worth, it is estimated that he has a fortune of 40 million dollars. He acquired his wealth mainly through his musical career.
The singer is popular both for his charitable works and his scholarship program.
Wife, Kids, Family
A legendary rock singer is a family man. He is married to Nancy Young, with whom he has been dating since the 1970s. The couple first met in 1976, and soon after that, they started dating. The couple continued to date for a long time before finally entering into marriage as husband and wife.
The exact year they married is not known, although they have remained inseparable since their first encounter almost half a century ago. Their union has been blessed with two children; Julian and Kyla.
Height and Weight
It cannot be denied that Lee is a handsome man, even though he has grown far beyond the Middle Ages. However, he has a slim build and a good height, even though he is not necessarily the tallest you can get on a stage.
Expressed in numbers Geddy Lee has a height of 177.8 cm (5ft 10in). However, there is no information about his weight and other body measurements.