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Geddy Lee was Jewish.
From: "Rush" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=R; viewed 23 November 2005):
Everything about Rush, from the sci-fi-influenced lyrics to the virtuosic musicianship to the very lengths of their songs, is grandiose and epic - which is why, in the late seventies and early eighties, they were reviled by critics and adored by teenaged boys. Geddy Lee, who is best known for his unnaturally high-pitched singing voice (yes, he does speak like an ordinary guy), was born Gary Lee Weinrib in 1953. His unusual nickname comes from his grandmother's Yiddish accented English, in which "Gary" became "Geddy." Lee's parents were Holocaust survivors who got married at Bergen-Belsen a few months after the concentration camp was liberated. Like many survivors, they were overprotective of their children, and young Geddy rebelled by turning to music, not knowing that his father had been a musician before the war. Along with guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart, Lee has sold over 35 million albums in the course of his career. 1976's 2112 went platinum, 1977's A Farewell to Kings reached the top 40, and 1980's Permanent Waves, and 1981's Moving Pictures spawned the radio hits "The Spirit of Radio" and "Tom Sawyer."
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