Lee, Terry

Band members               Related acts

- Terry Lee - vocals




- Terry Lee and the Revelers




Genre - psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Magic Music

Company: Stone 

Catalog: --

Year: 1972

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): NM/NM

Comments: was sealed; opened to tape; still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $150.00


Here's one I wish I know more about.  Terry Lee spent at least part of his life as a Pittsburgh based DJ (the back cover of his LP shows him sitting at a radio station consol) and was apparently related to Sonny DiNuzzio (vocalist for The Racket Squad).  He owned a couple of Pittsburgh-based record labels, including Sherry and Stone Records.   I've also seen a couple of references that say he produced The Fabulous Dee-Jays - beats me if it's true.  


Apparently a vanity project (which couldn't have had more than a couple of hundred pressings), 1971's "Magic Music" is surprisingly enjoyable.  Produced by Richard Strang, musically the set's one major mess, offering up a hodgepodge of music, sound effects, spoken words segments and radio news snippets (certainly used without the appropriate copyrights).  The big surprise is that the music part of the LPs surprisingly good.  Propelled by Lee's nice voice, the set offers up a mix of garage rock originals ('It's Not Easy' and the second half of 'Kennedy Nitemare') with a couple of un-credited covers thrown in as filler ('Gimme Gimme Good Lovin''). Elsewhere, you have to admire the completely tasteless cover - Lee apparently relieving himself in a junked toilet.


"Magic Music" track listing

(side 1)

1.) Captain Groovy   (Terry Lee)

2.) Adolf   (Terry Lee)

3.) It's Not Easy  (Terry Lee)

4.) One, Two, Three, Four   (Terry Lee)

5.) Wendigo  (Terry Lee)


(side 2)

1.) Time Check    (Terry Lee)

2.) I Will  (Terry Lee)

3.) Capt. Groovy  (Terry Lee)

4.) Donovan Medley  (Terry Lee)

5.) Kennedy Nitemare   (Terry Lee)


Lee had previously recorded an instantly obscure single for the Pittsburgh-based Red Fox label.  Released in 1965, and credited to Terry Lee and the Revelers, 'Hey Baby, Hey Sugar' b/w 'Part 3' (Red Fox catalog number 101), found Lee dubbing his voice over instrumental tracks that had been recorded by The Revelers.


Released by the small Keystone label, there's also a 1980 LP entitled "The Terry Lee Show - WMCK" which apparently captures some of his on-air DJ material as well as a couple of songs by Pittsburgh-based bands like The Fenways and The Swamp Rats (who just happened to be managed by Lee).




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