Will Lee is an American bassist known for his work on the Late Show with David Letterman. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Lee has recorded and toured with countless legendary artists, and performs with his Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux which he co-founded in 1998.
Lee’s path in music was influenced by both of his parents. His father, William Franklin Lee III played piano, trumpet and upright bass professionally. His mother sang with big bands.
Lee took up drums after seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, and by the time he was 12 had formed his first band in Miami. The band members each earned $9 a night playing the popular surfing tunes of the 60s.
Lee’s formal musical education was at the University of Miami where he studied French horn for a year and then switched to a bass major. After classes, he worked on bass fundamentals listening to artlists like the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Miller, The Rascals, Motown, and Sly & the Family Stone, among others.
In 1982, Lee became one of the original members of The World's Most Dangerous Band, the house band on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. He holds the distinction of playing with Paul Shaffer, on both Late Night and the Late Show, longer than any other member of the CBS Orchestra.
Will Lee has been awarded the
NARAS MVP Award for bass guitar in 1979, 1982, and 1985 through 1987.
The NARAS MVP Award for male session singer, 1987
The NARAS MVP Virtuoso Award for bass guitar, 1989
And was recognized in the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, 2014