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John Conlee

One of the most respected vocalists to emerge during the urban cowboy era, John Conlee was known for his superb taste in material and his distinctively melancholy voice. Conlee was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Versailles, KY, in 1946, and took up the guitar as a child, performing on local radio at age ten. He went on to sing with the town barbershop chorus, but didn't initially pursue music as a career, instead becoming a licensed mortician. He also worked as a disc jockey at numerous area radio stations, and made important industry connections via that area when he moved to Nashville in 1971. Five years later, Conlee's demo tape got him a contract with ABC. He released a few singles, but didn't find acceptance until 1978's "Rose Colored Glasses," a song he'd co-written with a newsman at his radio station, rocketed into the country Top Five. Conlee spent the next decade or so scoring hit after hit, nearly all of them helmed by producer Bud Logan. He had two number ones in 1979 alone -- "Lady Lay Down" and "Backside of Thirty" -- and four number two hits through 1981, which included "Before My Time," "Friday Night Blues," "She Can't Say That Anymore," and "Miss Emily's Picture." Conlee returned to the top of the charts three times over 1983-1984 with "Common Man," "I'm Only in It for the Love," and "In My Eyes," and had his last number one in 1986 with "Got My Heart Set on You." All told, Conlee made the Top Ten 19 times through 1987, when he moved from MCA to Columbia and reached the Top Five with "Domestic Life." Never much for touring, Conlee subsequently curtailed his recording activities as well, instead devoting his time to charity work (often on behalf of American farmers), raising his family, and running his own farm outside Nashville. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Love your gospel, thank you for your inspiration, God bless.
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I wish I was on the backside of thirty
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Rocking with you, Momma's rockin chair, and so many others. Today's "country" is almost as bad as rap. It's a poor excuse for music. John Conlee is pure county sound. Great job for singing great songs that bring back awesome memories Mr. Conlee.
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 different songs and the day you chose your crush will ask you out
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This is the best song in the world. My grandma passed away this year and i first heard this song in her car. Brings back memories : ,(
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No jbt316, you're not the only one. I'm right there alongside you!!!
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jbt316
Might be the only teen that likes traditional country, but it has way better morals than that fake music today called "country pop"
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A man who sings so much about what life really about.GREAT
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coltramsey
A great Man. Timeless
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I wish today's music was as natural and good as this, but the new generation has become too cool. John Conlee will always be my favorite singer.
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My all-time favorite album cover that I owned at one time in my 3000+ collection was the Rose Colored Glasses LP. The title song... one of the all-time classics in hurtin' songs...
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Great artist , liked him for years .
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rbrown7323
YOU ARE MY FAVORITE and we will be playing you at our 25th wedding anniversary party...you are my husband in my own fantasy world. LOL!
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Conlee nails it!
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Hey y'all here
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Totally Awesome!!!
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Love these songs
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Fabulous Love The Old School!
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Oh yes!
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Ahh this song brings back memorys
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tombrown6998
This is tthe way country should sound and be.
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Love it
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Great songs from way back -sigh- if only they could be this good again
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tombrown6998
Great performer and artist.
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John Conlee,is another of the greatest country singer's.
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the man
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Every time he make it my area I my work . In my book one of the best artists ever.
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Love this song.
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oh I wish I could find a man that could sing like that uggg hhh I love him!!
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Omg i love ur voice a golden one!!!!
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Awesome classics
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Smooth and natural is my best description.
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John Conlee,, voice of the working man, start with Cars. Rose Colored Glasses and just keep on going. A purely honest voice.
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Just can't help to love the man a
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Oh yeah just loving this song don't know John Conlee's voicep dose to me it just makes me feel so good everytime I here hi
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Man I just can't get enough of this beautiful heart throbbing voice. You go John im listening
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Beautiful just plan out silver, gold, mostly platinum
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Man I love him wonder
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WOW AWESOME!!!
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Love love
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Grew up listening to him, one of the greats of country music.
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Saw him at the Grand Ole Opry what a great singer
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LOVE HIM....ONE OF MY FAVORITE JOHN CONLEE SONGS IS.....OLD SCHOOL
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Hits you where it hurts..
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luckygumball
ALMOST AS SMOOTH AS THE POSSUMN
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mstanley1970
BORN 1970 AND LOVE THIS GUY!!!!
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kn4dl
It's 2012 and JC is still one of my all time favorites. Wish him well in retirement From: The Villages, FL
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Saw him two times. Once by himself at a club; once with Waylon.....b o t h immortal!
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One of my many favorites!!
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