W. Leroy Gordon, singer for local group

The Baltimore Sun

Walter Leroy "Lee" Gordon, the lead singer with the Bleu Lights, died of heart disease Feb. 18 at Sinai Hospital. The West Baltimore resident, who was also a retired auto technician, was 71.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Lauretta Avenue, he attended Frederick Douglass High School. He joined the Air Force and was stationed in French Morocco in the 1950s.

Over the years, Mr. Gordon worked for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., Maryland Drydock & Shipbuilding Co., Bethlehem Steel Corp., the Read Drug and Chemical Warehouse, Sheppard-Pratt Hospital and the city of Baltimore, where he was a certified auto technician at its Calvert Heights garage.

A tenor, he was an original member of the Bleu Lights, a rhythm-and-blues vocal group that celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007. He also appeared for three years on a doo-wop series at Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting fundraisers.

"He loved music and reading all genres of literature," said a daughter, Priscilla Gordon of Baltimore.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mark's Institutional Baptist Church, 655 N. Bentalou St.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Phyllis Hart; a son, Andre Gordon; three other daughters, Dorothy Gordon, Cynthia Gordon and Maria Gordon; three brothers, Reginald Jordan, Bernard Jordan and Alvin Jordan; a sister, Cheryl Jordan; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. All of the family members reside in Baltimore.

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