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The prince of rock and roll. Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s will rock the Central Performing Arts Center in DeWitt Friday, Feb. 15. Tickets are on sale at DeWitt City Hall and will be available at the door. Contributed photo
Rock the night away with Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s

By Mary Rueter
Managing editor

Richie Lee, a 22-year-old rock 'n roll sensation from Des Moines will present a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane Friday, Feb. 15, at the Central Performing Arts Center in DeWitt.

"Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s" promise to rock away the winter blues as they perform a concert of favorite oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

"People definitely will hear a lot of songs they've heard before, and maybe some they have not," Lee said recently in a telephone interview.

"My main purpose is to help people enjoy the music and bring back memories. I want to bring back this sound for kids so it's not forgotten," he says about the music of Buddy Holly in particular.

"I want them to hear what real rock 'n roll music sounds like."

Lee got his start at the age of 7 when he won a Buddy Holly look-alike/lip-sync contest. Even today, Lee bears a physical resemblance to Holly, including the black-framed glasses he has worn since age 3.

His interest in Buddy Holly already was developing then, and when he found a cassette tape of Holly and cranked up the volume, he was hooked.

He went on to take vocal, guitar and drum lessons and started performing professionally when he was 12. He cut his first CD, "Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s," when he was 13.

Today he is a full-time musician and father of a 4-month-old daughter. He's a regular at the Riverside Casino near Iowa City and frequently plays other eastern Iowa venues in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids but also has traveled throughout the Midwest and as far as Massachusetts, Colorado, Texas and Tennessee.

While artists such as Holly, Richie Valens, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran and The Beatles all have been an inspiration, it actually is their music that intrigues the young singer.

Among his favorites are Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" and "Travelin' Man"; Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" and "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers.

Tickets for the concert are on sale at DeWitt City Hall and also will be available at the door, or they may be purchased online at www.midwestix.com.

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