Lee Michaels – Do You Know What I Mean?

One of my favorite songs back in 1971 (yes, when I was a babe in a crib) was Lee Michaels‘ “Do You Know What I Mean,” which maybe the best Rod Stewart song that Rod Stewart never did. That was the main song that I knew of Michaels’ but soon I will have the opportunity – as will you – to discover more of his music.


On November 20, Manifesto Records will release two Lee Michaels collections: the 20-track Heighty Hi – The Best Of Lee Michaels and a 7-disc set. The retrospectives will cover his A&M Records years, 1968-1973. Besides “Do You Know What I Mean,” the sets will also include tunes like “Heighty Hi,” “The War” and “Keep The Circle Turning,” which got big FM airplay back in the day.

here’s a grainy video of “Do You Know What I Mean”

and a 1970 clip of the Hammond organ-playing Michaels from the David Steinberg-hosted TV show The Music Scene. And that is Barry “Frosty” Smith on drums.

I was fan of the David Steinberg Show too from back then, but that is another story for another time.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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