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.