Rockin' 70s Songs: "Do You Know What I Mean?" Lee Michaels (1971)

@JohnRoberts (67240)
Los Angeles, California
June 12, 2017 8:59am CST
It is funny how an obscure hit from youth performed by a forgotten singer sticks in memory. “Do You Know What I Mean?” by Lee Michaels is one those songs playing on the transistor during lazy poolside days. Michaels was an LA musician playing guitar, piano and primary instrument Hammond organ. He toiled in obscurity until the album “5th” yielded the unexpected hit in”Do You Know What I Mean?” written by Michaels. The song charted at Billboard #6. “Been forty days since I don’t know when I saw just saw her with my best friend Do you know what I mean?” Michaels is lamenting the loss of a girlfriend to his friend named Bobby in the song. He was almost a one hit wonder. A followup cover of “Can I Get a Witness” reached #39. You would think Michaels could have milked this for a modest career but that was it. He never had another charted single and subsequent albums failed. By the end of the 70s, Michaels was embroiled in lawsuits and out of the business.
Music from 1971: American artist's promo video.
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• United States
12 Jun 17
Poor guy. What a life..but had talent.
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12 Jun 17
yes
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• United States
12 Jun 17
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@billo13 (44)
• Oshawa, Ontario
12 Jun 17
I get the same feeling from Sausalito Summer Nights by Diesel. Such an amazing riff and it just typifies summer for me.
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@FourWalls (16274)
• United States
12 Jun 17
Ooh, good song. And there's nothing like lawsuits to make the most dedicated musician hang it up.
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@Fishmomma (11423)
• United States
13 Jun 17
I started singing the song when seeing the singer's name. He did manage to get the lawsuits settled in his favor; however, it did take quite awhile.
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• United States
12 Jun 17
Well if cheating can make money, this song won hands down !
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@teamfreak16 (42504)
• Denver, Colorado
12 Jun 17
Used to play this on the radio. I had no idea he'd done anything else.
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12 Jun 17
people love that song now
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@snowy22315 (56128)
• United States
12 Jun 17
Yeah, I know what ya mean! That song is now replaying in my head.
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