Lee Michaels

Lee Michaels is an American organist, singer, and songwriter who released six studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1968 and 1973, followed by two mid-’70s titles on Columbia. He’s best known for his 1971 organ rocker “Do You Know What I Mean.”

He was born Michael Olsen in Los Angeles on November 24, 1945. As a teenager, he played in surf-rockers The Sentinals along with future Turtles/Jefferson Starship drummer John Barbata. In 1966, he joined a formative lineup of US/Canadian psych-rockers Family Tree. Before they hit the studio, he signed to A&M as a solo artist.


  • Carnival of Life (1968)
  • Recital (1968)
  • Lee Michaels (1969)
  • Barrel (1970)
  • 5th (1971)
  • Space & First Takes (1971)
  • Live (1973)
  • Nice Day for Something (1973)
  • Tailface (1974)
  • Absolute Lee (1983)


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