Lee Dresser, a founding member of the Krazy Kats, has died. Dresser, the band's lead vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player, had been suffering from leukemia. He had a bone-marrow transplant two years ago, according to a post at rockabillyromp.com.

Lee Dresser, a founding member of the Krazy Kats, has died. Dresser, the band's lead vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player, had been suffering from leukemia. He had a bone-marrow transplant two years ago, according to a post at rockabillyromp.com.
Guitarist, harmonica player and vocalist Lee Dresser joined with high school friends, Willie Craig and Fred Fletcher, to form a rockabilly band, The Krazy Kats, in 1957. They released several impressive recordings including a single, "Beat Out My Love" b/w "Wiggley Little Mama" in 1959 and a full-length album, “Movin' Out!,” in 1964. More than four decades later, Dresser and the Krazy Kats remained among the hardest working Midwestern bands.
Inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1999, they've performed their covers of classic tunes from the 1950s and 60s at an estimated more than three thousand shows.
Lee Megee Dresser, 72, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away April 24, 2014 with his family at his side. Lee was born on May 22, 1941 in Washington, DC. At the age of 6, Lee went to live with his maternal grandparents to attend school in Moberly, Missouri. He taught himself how to play guitar at the age of fourteen, but he didn't begin performing seriously until the mid 1960s, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army after briefly attending Moberly Junior College and Missouri University. Sent to Vietnam, where Craig had been sent the previous year, he developed a solo act as a singer-songwriter.
He was honorably discharged in 1969. After his honorable discharge, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, and found employment as a guitarist and harmonica player for Danny Thomas, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and the Oak Ridge Boys. Signing with Capitol Records, he recorded several singles in early 1970s and represented the United States in the World Popular Song Festival, in Tokyo, Japan in 1972.
His vocals were heard on the soundtrack of 1975 film “The Adventures Of The Wilderness Family” and during the Country Bear Jamboree show at Disney World. His songs were covered by Pat Boone, Bobby Sherman, the Osmonds, Trini Lopez and Ray Price.
Despite his success in southern California, Dresser missed his former musical partners. When the Krazy Kats were revived in 1980, he began shuttling back and forth, by plane, between California and Missouri. As the band's schedule intensified, he moved back to Missouri in 1985.
Lee is preceded in death by his parents, Ira Richard Dresser and Marjorie Mae (Megee) Dresser. He is survived by his beloved wife Kelly Louise (Roscoe) Dresser, son Jason Dresser (Natasha) and granddaughter Charlyie Mae Dresser.
The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mid-America Society, 6811 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Ste 202, Cloverleaf Building 1, Shawnee Mission, KS 66702.
Arrangements under the direction of Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, Missouri.