The Truth Behind Christopher Lee Aka Saruman The White’s Metal Career

You might be familiar with Christopher Lee from his iconic reprisal of Saruman the White, challenging Gandalf to a duel and fighting by the side of his beloved master, Sauron. However, Lee was more than just an iconic actor known for his villainous mastermind, inspired by the books of J.R.R. Tolkien.

He was also a true metalhead and as the famous saying goes, he was born into the wrong generation. The period we now characterize as classic rock had begun in his teens and continued in his later youth, and metal was about twenty years late to the party. But worry not because metal is not just for young people with edgy vibes.

When it comes to being a rocker, as the legendary Lemmy Kilmister had said, ‘If you think you’re too old to rock and roll, then you are.’ As music has always been about how old you feel rather than not how old you are, being a metalhead is no exception, and maybe, that’s why Lee released a few heavy metal albums in his 90s.

So, the actor was introduced to his audience after reprising the roles of villains, but his musical career started way before his solo albums were released in the 2000s. His singing career began before his introduction to heavy metal, as Christopher Lee had sung for numerous soundtracks of different projects.

Then, his introduction to the heavy metal scene as a singer came in the early 2000s, as he worked with the band, Rhapsody of Fire as a backing vocalist on the single ‘The Magic of the Wizard’s Dream.’ This collab was a success as Lee went on to take place as a narrator and backing vocalist in the band’s forthcoming albums.

But Christopher reached the peak point of his career after his rendition of ‘Jingle Hell’ entered the Billboard Hot 100 list in 2013, making him the second oldest person to enter a musical chart, at 91 years old. This fact attracted even more media attention, and after the news spread that a 91-year-old actor was singing heavy metal, the single moved on to the front lines of the charts.

Before the commercial success of ‘Jingle Hell,’ however, Lee had already released full-length records. His debut solo album was released in 2010, and it followed the journey of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charlamagne. This concept album was quite interesting as Christopher was said to be a descendant of the legendary king.

Well, his first full-length studio album, ‘Charlamagne: By the Sword and The Cross,’ was followed by three others, and the actor’s final record, ‘Charlamagne: The Omens of Death’ marked the end of the saga. You see, Lee wanted to make concept albums to give his audience a story to dive into and invite them to an epic journey.

He also collaborated with Hollywood Vampires and narrated the song ‘The Last Vampire,’ from the band’s self-titled debut album. This team-up would be his last appearance on a musical record, as Lee passed away shortly after. So, what anyone might learn from the actor’s story is that he didn’t care that he was in his early 90s when he got into the studio to make music and enjoy himself. The actor was a true rocker as he didn’t let his age get in the way and proved Mr. Lemmy Kilmister right again.