Lee died on Thursday at about 5 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) at Methodist
University Hospital with his wife Diane at his side. Lee, a Memphis native who referred to himself as "the first
so-called black hippie," formed Love in Los Angeles in 1965, emerging
from the same scene as groups like the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the
Doors and the Mamas and Papas.
The first multiracial rock band of the psychedelic era, Love
recorded three groundbreaking albums fusing traditional folk rock and
blues with symphonic suites and early punk.
Bands as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Siouxsie and the Banshees cited Love as an influence.