Chosen by: NME’s Tom Pinnock

Leader of LA ’60s folk-rock troupe Love, Lee wrote almost all the songs, and even claimed he could play every instrument better than anyone else in the band. After two patchy albums, he conjured up 1967’s ‘Forever Changes’. His keening voice, sweeping strings, horns and acoustic guitar, should have made him a star, but instead Love simply fell apart. One of music’s ultimate cult heroes.

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