George Leh

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Veteran blues singer George Leh has been shortchanged in the discography department, unless a misprint on one set of album credits is tallied up as having some value; it created a kind of doppelgänger…
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Veteran blues singer George Leh has been shortchanged in the discography department, unless a misprint on one set of album credits is tallied up as having some value; it created a kind of doppelgänger background vocalist named "George Len," listed as helping out on a Geoff Muldaur release right alongside the real deal, George Leh. The mistake suggests that perhaps Leh himself was asked to help with the proofreading, since the vocalist happens to be blind. The visual impairment has never hindered his singing, nor his ability to get to gigs. He is primarily known as a live performer, particularly in the New England area.

His activities there date back to the mid-'60s. He recorded with the Boston band Swallow in 1968, led the band Skyhook shortly after that, and then became involved with Powerhouse, the first of several collaborations with guitarist Tom Principato. Powerhouse released the album Night Life in 1975. Several years later, Leh once again was fronting a band that wore out stages, and messed up dressing rooms, throughout the New England tavern circuit. George Leh & the Thrillers included guitarist Steve Jacobs from Powerhouse as well as the cooking drummer Howie Oven. Eventually the band's territory extended from Virginia to Maine, including many a roadhouse, pool hall, and juke joint but also taking in prestigious venues such as New York City's Lone Star Cafe. Many veterans of the New England blues and rock scene spent time as Leh sidemen. From 1981, the singer pursued solo activities, including a live broadcast series from a neighborhood nightclub. George Leh & Rockin' Shoes was his next group, which like the Thrillers went unrecorded, other than demo tapes that were never released at the time.