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Lee Schmidt 
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ID: 244

Lee Schmidt  
Lee Schmidt  

Lee Schmidt was born June 9, 1930 in Drake, Missouri. He served in the Korean conflict, retired a decorated Navy veteran, and was a brilliant electronics technician who designed tracking systems for the Talos Missile at the Naval Weapons Center in Norco.

Lee had been in the music business since he was 14 years old. He was a member of the Academy of Country Music, CallerLab and the Western Swing Association. He performed country music shows and he directed and performed in the country western show at the 1988 National Square Dance Convention. During his musical career, Lee had the opportunity to perform with many top names in the industry, including: Golden West Cowboys, Sharon Leighton, Jim Smith, Ralph Grasso, Mike Ley, Ernest Tubbs, Harold Hensley, Danny Michaels, Betty White Telethon, Bob Hope (TB), K.T. Oslin, Tex Williams, Brantley Kearns, Hank Penny, Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, Don Lee, Sons of the Pioneers, Al Vescovo

Lee was a well-known ambassador for square dancing, appearing on television commercials and doing performances both on and off screen at venues such as: Academy of Country Music #3621, Knotts Berry Farm, Beverly Hills 90210 (TV), March of Dimes Telethon, Channel 28 series on square dancing (TV), Melody Ranch, Disneyland, North West Passage (TV), Good Morning America (TV). In addition, he did benefit dances for many charities and organizations such as: Associated Square Dancers, March of Dimes (37 years), City of Hope (38 years), Girl Scouts, Crippled Children (20 Years), YMCA, YWCA, White Cane, Toys for Tots, Speak Easy and Cystic Fibrosis.

Lee recorded several country CD's and cassettes and also made country and square dance videotapes. He recorded on the Hi-Hat Square label for over 20 years. He recorded on the Swinging Stars label, was co- owner of Shakedown Square Dance Records and owner of Marilee Records.

Lee will be most remembered for his flamboyant and energetic stage presence. He wore rhinestone suits, huge belt buckles, crazy hats, and even long underwear. Due to the popularity of his recording and performance of The Crawdad Song, throughout his 49-year career Lee was known to dancers all over the world as "The Crawdad Man."

Diagnosed with bone cancer in 2012, Lee retired from calling and passed from this world on April 7, 2013.

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Recordings by Lee Schmidt:
Shakedown    Hi Hat    D & R    Swinging Stars    Gateway   
 
Arms Around  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, Gateway 8009-1
 
Bed Of Roses  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 404
 
Big Operator  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 410
 
Blue Days, Black Nights  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 5082
 
Call Me Mr. Inbetween  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 496
 
Careless Love  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 440
 
Caribbean  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 5009
 
Cowboy  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 474
 
Crawdad  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Shakedown 209
 
Crawdad Song  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 359
 
Don't Stop In My World  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 460
 
Falcon Hoedown  (sample clip)  Patter, Swinging Stars 104
 
God's Gonna Getcha  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 453
 
How Did You Do It  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 382
 
I Got Rhythm  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 411
 
If It Ain't Got That Swing  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Shakedown 202
 
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing  (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Faultline 1001
 
Jealous  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 425
 
Let's Dance  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Patter, Gateway 8009-4
 
Levis And Yellow Ribbons  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, D & R 170
 
Life On The Ocean Wave  (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Faultline 1003-5
 
Limehouse Blues  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 450
 
Lone Star Blues & Bob Wills Music  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 470
 
Man Around The House  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Gateway 8009-3
 
Man Around The House  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 395
 
My Old Man  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Gateway 8009-5
 
Old Mexico  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Swinging Stars 102
 
One Day At A Time  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 5027
 
Perfect Fool  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, D & R 160
 
Puttin Us On  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 416
 
She Didn't Know  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 376
 
Society Square  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 444
 
South  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Swinging Stars 108
 
South Of The Border  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Shakedown 218
 
Southern Rains  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, D & R 158
 
Spinning Wheels  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 391
 
Stars In The Night  (comments) (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Patter, Gateway 8009-2
 
Sugar Blues  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 434
 
T For Texas  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Swinging Stars 107
 
Texas In My Soul  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Swinging Stars 111
 
Texas Rag  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 368
 
That Do Make It Nice  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 467
 
We Can't Roll  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Hi Hat 421
 
We Should Be Together  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, D & R 162

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