CP Lee (Manchester music legend Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias) RIPWe are shocked to hear that Manchester music scene legend CP Lee died today. The driving force behind Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias was 70 years old and a legend on the city’s music scene. Born in Didsbury in 1950 he was a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and performer who sixties band Greasy Bear. also featured the legendary Bruce Mitchell on drums.


Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias were a satirical rock review who became embroiled in the Manchester punk scene who  split up in 1982 after releasing three albums.

He also wrote several books including  When We Were Thin (published October 2007) is a personal memoir in which Lee recounts how he produced one side of the first Factory and also books on Bob Dylan  especially  Like The Night (Revisited), about the famous ‘Judas’ night at manchester Free trade Hall.


It was only last month that CP Lee paid tribute to drummer  Bruce Mitchell for his 80th birthday in this compilation video. CP is at 33.40 in the video.


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  1. So sad, an absolute legend, one of the best people on the scene I’ve ever met. I remember seeing all those Alberto gigs in The Squat in the 70s. Music archive too and the brains behind the Dylan “Judas” revisited gig at MUSU. Will be missed, very, very much.

  2. I remember C P Lee who led a memorable music walking tour of Manchester following the premier of the Joy Division film Control at the Corner House. Very erudite and entertaining, but didn’t suffer fools. Thank you Mr Lee

  3. The Albertos used to play at the Lamplight Club in Chorlton, I well remember their classic number “I have lost my contact lens”. Happy times. Sad to see him go.

    • I lived near to the Lamplight so often saw them there. They were called The Charlie Parka’s then for contractual reasons. Lovely man who will be missed.

  4. I remember going to see Alberto’s Los trios paranois at Manchester polytechnic about 1977, they were supported by an unknown band called the police, (they were massive about 6 months later) didn’t bother watching the support band and stayed in the bar and caught the headliners later, cp lees band did a reggae parody and used curly guitar leads to act as dreadlocks. Great memories

  5. Sorry to hear of CP’s passing. A great guy and writer/performer. Got to meet him several times. Always intriguing. Will be missed. RIP. Condolences to Pam and entire family & friends.

  6. So sorry to hear this news today and I’m left with a heartache as another one of a splendid inspirational collective passes and leaves an unwanted space. RIP to a generous gifted spirit Mr CP Lee

  7. RIP Chris.. I really cant believe this I assumed you were the bomb proof survivor who would be with is for ever … tears are not enough … see you wise maestro one day again

  8. Unbelievably bad news – he was the go-to man in so many areas of the culture of Manchester and beyond. When the uni’s Centre for New Writing was new he gave our summer school of American undergraduates one of his wonderful music tours of the city – they’d never heard of most of the acts but they loved it, and they never would have had a pint at The Peveril of the Peak without him!

  9. Very sad to hear this news. Will covid procedures in England allow him the send off he deserves? Last saw him at the HalfMan HalfBiscuit gig November 30 2019. Many happy memories of watching him with Albertos/Parkas. A fine man who will be greatly missed.

  10. Very sad to hear this news, we had some good years together. Hope your passing was peaceful. With love xxx

  11. He was a dear, dear friend. I feel like I’ve lost a brother that I never had…..so happy to have spend great times with him. New Orleans two years ago was an absolute blast!!!!!! C.P and I played a duo gig in an Irish bar in the French Quarter. The locals didn’t know quite what to make of CP’s opening song “I’m Just A Dirty Motherf*ckin’ Hippie”. Two mad Englishmen playing on spoons and ukulele…

  12. A very kind man – who I met in Wigan in March 2011, at a George Formby Symposium & talking about Frank Randle.
    I later joined the Frank Randle Apreciation Society on Facebook.

    I met him, his wife Pam, Joe 90 (John Burscough) & a load of other like minded folk at his 70th birthday bash at the Lass O’Gowrie pub, Manchester.

    He was always willing to support others & quite unassuming in some ways, but when you saw CP Lee on tv or writing linear notes, I felt slightly daunted by him because he was a great source of information on various music scenes, but over time he’s just a regular down to earth person but I was never sure it was Chris or CP Lee you were talking too.

    I feel blessed to have known him, but also regret not utilising him more.

    A true gentleman – condolences to his wife Pamela & family.

  13. Terrible shock. I bought the Albertos triple-single gatefold release as a 14 or 15-year-old, and played it until it wore out….

    ….then maybe 18 months ago, I was surprised and delighted to see his performance supporting The Muffin Men in Stockport. Great show – packed with warmth, irreverent humour, and nostalgia. I fervently hoped he would reappear at the Muffins’ next gig.

    A truly sad and devastating loss to the Manchester scene, my deepest condolences to his family. RIP.

  14. Devastated to hear the news… yep, the pigeon just landed Down Under. I last saw Chris a few years back when we arranged to meet at the end of St Kilda Pier, Melbourne… and talk about the olden days Oooh, we had a laugh. How we plotted and arranged to put on the Albertos every week at The Squat (old Manchester music school) to help keep that open, and then the numerous gigs at the New Manchester Review’s Monday nights at Band on the Wall, and of course talking about Bruce Mitchell, The Smirks and him updating me on other Manchester music malarkey. We swapped notes about life in the Ivory Tower, with him taking shelter at Salford and me at Melbourne uni (now Monash). Sadly, a giant is fallen. Feck, Chris, you brightened up our lives. With smiles and love. xxx

  15. RIP Chris and thanks for so much… a genuine ‘legend’ and good bloke.

    Greatly enjoyed the Judas 50 night at Manchester Uni-finally got to shake the man’s hand and say ‘cheers’ at the Withington Factory exhibition in 2018.

    Thoughts to all family and his many friends.


  16. “Nothing acts faster than Anadin, except maybe soluble Disprin” as Lou Reed didn’t write…the Albertos’ Beefheart take-off had to be seen to be believed. RIP C P Lee.

  17. Played with Chris many a time in the late 80s and early 90s we always had a rollicking good time down at the Gardeners Arms in Rusholme on a Thursday night. One memorable time was at Martin Hannett’s memorial in Chorlton sadly both gone now.


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