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December 26th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

1960s Rock Star, Lester Chambers, depends on charity

Finding fame with the Chambers Brothers with the hit “Time has Come” in the 1960s, Lester Chambers was a rock star. Although his songs have been covered by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett and the Ramones, at 72, he depends on Social Security and charities like “Sweet Life” just make ends meet.

A photo of a gold album and a note telling Chambers’ story went viral. The photo was shared 30,000 on Facebook and liked about 100,000 times. Most importantly, it caught the eye of co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Alexis has helped Chambers get his story out there in hopes of getting some of those royalty checks to him.

Chambers has not lost his appreciation for those who stood by him when he was down. Close friend to John Lennon, Chambers was helped by his widow, Yoko Ono, his son Dylan says, “She got in touch and donated enough top ay for Dad’s medical for a year and for our rent for a year. Dad and John were great friends back in the day.”

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. spotmagicsolis

    The dude acting ageist and Hairist.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Patrick Germany

    Right on Lester Good seeing you and Dylan world wide Hahah! Lovbe you Guys The Germany Family Remember (BamBam) Hahahah!

    January 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Denise Mason

    I love the Chambers family. Thank goodness "TIME HAS COME TODAY". Lester is finally receiving the recognition he so deserves after having to live a hard life all these years with no royalties for his great music. <3 B)

    December 30, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse | Reply

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