Scooter Lee

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About Scooter Lee

A native of New Orleans, Scooter Lee carved out a career on the road, playing state fairs and USO tours throughout the 1980s and '90s. Lee had roots in the Crescent City's R&B scene but she made her way as a country singer, eventually finding a sweet spot during the country line-dance craze of the '90s. She recorded plenty of songs in that boot-scootin' style, laying the groundwork for continuing tours in the 21st century, along with her charity organization Dancing for the Dream Inc. Born on March 10, 1957, Scooter Lee began singing as a teenager, floating on the fringes of the Big Easy's soul scene when she was a teenager. By the end of the '70s, she had gravitated toward country, self-releasing the album A Louisiana Lady in 1979. Lee sang country throughout the '80s when she performed with a band sponsored by the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. With this quintet she played state fairs and festivals across the United States, eventually hitching onto Bob Hope's USO Tours in the mid-'80s. Scooter Lee latched onto the emerging country line-dance fad of the '90s, going all in on this sound with 1994's The Honky Tonk Twist. This was the first of several albums for Southern Tracks Records. Through the back end of the '90s and the early part of the 2000s, Lee recorded frequently, and she also toured the U.S. and elsewhere. She maintained this busy schedule throughout the 2010s, when she also worked at her charity Dancing for the Dream, which encouraged healthy activities for seniors. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

10 March 1957

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