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Johnny Lee

Like many his age, Johnny Lee grew up on the music of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Raised on a dairy farm in Alta Loma, TX, he formed his first band, Johnny Lee & the Road Runners, during high school. He tricked his way into playing on-stage with Mickey Gilley at a Houston club called the Nesadel, and that shot brought him a long-term run at Gilley's clubs. When Urban Cowboy was shot at Gilley's, record executive Irving Azoff offered Lee an opportunity to sing in the picture, and he ended up with a song that more than 20 artists had previously rejected. In his hands, that song -- "Lookin' for Love" -- became a million-seller and the musical centerpiece of the movie. Stardom occurred practically overnight for Lee, but it was a mixed bag. He and Gilley toured steadily; Lee got a substantial string of hits for about three years and ended up marrying Dallas starlet Charlene Tilton. But when the marriage soured, he found his name constantly in the tabloids, and he was forced to record a large amount of same-sounding material. Nevertheless, Lee had an important role in a huge era for country music, and his easygoing vocal style still makes him very listenable.

Following the demise of his high-school band, the Road Runners, Lee enlisted in the Navy, serving in Southeast Asia (including Vietnam) during the mid-'60s. After his discharge, he floated between California and Texas before settling near Houston. Lee convinced Gilley into letting him join his band as a backup singer and trumpeter in 1968, telling the pianist that they had previously met in Galveston, when in fact they hadn't. For the next ten years, Lee worked closely with Gilley, becoming an integral party of the pianist's Pasadena club, Gilley's. When Gilley was on tour, Lee acted as the headliner at the club. Lee decided to go solo in 1973, but his records for the independent label Astro were unsuccessful, so he returned to the club within a year.

By the end of 1975, he signed a contract with ABC/Dot and his first single for the label, "Sometimes," became a minor hit. The following year, he moved to GRT, where he released several minor hits in the next two years, highlighted by the number 15 placing of "Country Party" in 1977; the song was a reworking of Rick Nelson's hit "Garden Party." In 1979, he appeared in a made-for-television film, The Girls in the Office, which paved the way for his appearance in the 1980 film, Urban Cowboy. Starring John Travolta, Urban Cowboy glamorized the sound and style of modern honky tonks like Gilley's, and the movie and its soundtrack became huge hits. Lee contributed "Lookin' for Love" to the soundtrack, and the single became a gigantic crossover success, spending three weeks at the top of the country charts in the summer of 1980 while peaking at number five on the pop charts. Lee became a star thanks to Urban Cowboy, and his records for his new label, Full Moon, began appearing in the country Top Ten with regularity. "One in a Million" became another number one hit late in 1980, followed by "Pickin' Up Strangers" early the next year.

In the wake of the success of "Lookin' for Love" and Urban Cowboy, Lee officially left Gilley's band in 1981, forming not only his own group, the Western Union Band, but also his own rival nightclub, Johnny Lee's, which was located just down the road from Gilley's. Throughout 1981 and 1982, Lee's star burned bright, as the Academy of Country Music named him the Best New Artist of 1980, and he had Top Ten hits like "Prisoner of Hope" (1981), the number one "Bet Your Heart on Me" (1981), and "Be There for Me Baby" (1982). In 1982, he married actress Charlene Tilton, one of the stars of the nighttime soap opera Dallas. Lee's success continued in 1983 and 1984 with Top Ten singles like "Sounds Like Love" (1983), "Hey Bartender" (1983), and the number one singles "The Yellow Rose" (1984) and "You Could've Heard a Heart Break" (1984).

Lee's career cooled down as quickly as it heated up. Though he had one Top Ten single, "Rollin' Lonely," in 1985, by the beginning of 1986 he had trouble reaching the Top 40. Warner, who inherited his Full Moon contract in 1984, dropped him from their roster in 1986, and his marriage to Tilton collapsed in 1987. Over the next two years, he struggled to find a contract, as he came to the realization his management took most of his earnings from his hitmaking days. During this time, he released a single and three EPs on his own Lee record label as well as an independent record on JMS. In 1989, he signed to Curb Records, but none of his records for the label were hits. By the end of the decade, he published his autobiography, Lookin' for Love.

During the '90s, Lee continued to tour across the country, playing clubs and honky tonks. He lacked a record contract, and he had long been estranged from his mentor, Gilley, due to his management problems and his rival club, but he continued to draw sizable crowds at his concerts. By the new millennium, Lee issued two hits collections and a stunning live effort, Live at Billy Bob's Texas. 13th of July, which appeared in 2003, officially brought Lee back to the forefront thanks to the chart success of "Stand by Me." ~ Tom Roland, Rovi
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Comments

Great music
dae_love_5
love this so so much!
pappyrickhol d e r
It th3 best
Love u Johnny Lee !!!!!
Really like this era of country music , urban cowboy was a great movie also
FANTASTIC!
Omg omg this is my song yee yee
Johnny Lee ,u r more then awesome I love u !!!!
rubengarcia4 5 1 7 6
Urban Cowboy
shawnf6336
great song, good movie
love this song ,
Love Johnny lee ,awesome song !!!!
70s was great
Thats country!
Good song
One of my favorites
Love Johnny lee !!!!
Love to dance this song with my cuz.
Love his music.
country can change lives,just listen and enjoy where it takes you
that's how cowboys get horse s**t on their mustache
come to west Virginia
Gospel music and country music are the best. Try listening it might change your life.
Country music ls music unlike rock and roll and rapp get al life with country music.
Country music is sick and needs to vomit all this new sound down the toilet. 40 years old and now i know what my dad meant. How times are changing for the worse.
Cut the crap with all this don't read this cant you losers find another way to entertain yourselves , This is for music lovers not BS,
My dad played in his HS band with him, Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners. We are from the same home town.
Don't read this because it atually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tommorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works.
A great classic song
love the song looking for love
deborah_harr i s o n 2
Love listening to his sexy voice. Great singer!
Johnny Lee has always been one of my favorite singers. I absolutely love his voice. When I am having a bad day all I have to do is turn on a Johnny Lee CD and I start feeling better.
I saw him play at a bar in Houston last year. He was easy going and let everyone take photos. Afterward, he posed with his fans for pictures and signed autographs for everyone who wanted one. His music brings back a lot of memories for me.
heehawkitty
mac davis
rojo9216
Lookin for love brings great memories in my life
yes what is JOHNNY LEE DOING NOW DAYS, DOSE HE STILL SING SURE HOPE SO. THANKS KAREN PS. HES A GOOD SINGER
I like the song look for love the best right now Iam In Love
l.wiles
I want GILLEY'S back! I just heard that Mickey Gilley is paralized from the neck down from a fall off a ladder accident!
please put him on my radio station. His style is so relaxing and mellow- won't ever be another Johnny Lee!
Saw Johnny Lee in Branson several years ago, still sounds great, and seems like a nice guy.
kent.leiker
makes you want to ride a mechanical bull
Add lookin for love
one of the greatest singers they are. i like the song piking up strangers
russishandy
this artist is one of the greatest for his time his music always put that comfort feeling in ya when you are down listen to him and his style and somehowe you always fell a bit better

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