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Bernard ST. CLAIR LEE

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ST CLAIR LEE, Bernard Born in San Francisco, Ca April 24, 1944 - Resided in Lake Elsinore, Ca - Passed away March 8, 2011 of natural causes at the age of 66. He had attended Santa Monica City College with a passion for art & gourmet cooking. He was the original member of the recording group Hues Corporation (a soul trio whose name was a pun on Los Angeles aviation giant Hughes Corp) formed in 1969 by Lee the baritone, Hubert Ann Kelly soprano and Fleming Williams tenor. "Rock the Boat," written by band manager Waldo Holmes shot to No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts in 1974. The group followed with another top 20 hit that year in "Rockin' Soul." Kelly later left the group to become a minister, and Williams died. Lee had recently been performing with Elaine Woodard and Bruce Glover as a reformed Hues Corporation. He is survived by his wife Arlene Lee (Simi Valley), mother Jacqueline Austin (Lake Elsinore, sister Michelle Clark (Hayward), son Marc Anthony Lee (San Jose), stepsons Jody Penney (wife, Midori) Japan & Andre Goosby (Beaver Falls, Pa), five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, brother-n-law Lester Smith Jr, (Los Angeles) sisters-in-law Hannah Smith (Rochester, Pa), Nancy Moye (Aliquippa, Pa) and the late Patricia Young along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, two godsons, a variety of family members & many special friends. Lee was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Dorothy (Nana) Gayle. He was a spectacular influence and will truly be missed. A memorial service will be held March 19 at 11 a.m. at Palisades Lutheran Church, 15905 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. CA 90272. Hubert Ann Kelly will give the eulogy.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 14 to Mar. 17, 2011
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