Every country music fan knows Johnny Lee as one of the main forces of the Urban Cowboy movement. They know of his incredible movie success and his songs, "Lookin' For Love," "Pickin' Up Strangers," "Cherokee Fiddle," "Yellow Rose of Texas," "Hey Bartender," and the many others that were chart toppers in the 1980s. But they might be surprised to know that country superstar Johnny Lee feels his best work is yet to come.
"As we go through life, we all grow and change, and I feel I've matured as an artist," said Lee. "Like many people, I am a work in progress. I work every day to be a better person in all areas of my life and I think my music reflects that growth."
Johnny Lee was born in the eastern Texas town of Texas City, and raised on a farm in nearby Alta Loma. In high school he formed a band called, "Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners," which won several local and state-wide competitions. After graduation, Lee enlisted in the Navy and served a tour of duty on the U.S.S. Chicago, a guided missile cruiser.
Lee returned to music at the first opportunity and hit the national charts in 1973 on Dot Records with singles, "Red Snails in the Sunset," "Country Party," and "Sometimes." By 1979 he had moved on to screen roles with the TV movie, "The Girls in the Office," starring Barbara Eden and Susan St. James. Soon after, he was asked to perform in the then upcoming film, "Urban Cowboy," which starred John Travolta and Deborah Winger, and for which Lee recorded several songs that were used in the soundtrack. The "Lookin' For Love" single went to number one in the country charts, number three in the pop charts, and became Johnny's first gold record. The "Lookin' For Love" album went on to produce four additional number one hits. Lee's movie success continued with the hit single "Pickin' Up Strangers" in the movie, "Coast to Coast," starring Robert Blake and Dyan Cannon. During this time, Johnny appeared on virtually every major talk show, as well as several major network TV specials, including appearances on Fantasy Island, CHiPS, The Fall Guy, and The A Team with Mr. T and Boy George. Johnny Lee was awarded the 1981 New Male Vocalist of the Year award, an honor which was repeated the same year in Australia. "Lookin' For Love" also received a Grammy award nomination in 1981, and in 1996, he was named Veteran Music Singer of the Year for the gospel song, "He Could Have Walked On By."
Through the years, Johnny Lee has remained one of country music's busiest touring acts, gracing stages
across the globe.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Lookin For Love (In All The Wrong Places)
2. Pickin' Up Strangers
3. Rollin' Lonely
4. You Could've Heard A Heart Break
5. Highways Run Forever
6. Cherokee Fiddle
7. Prisoner Of Hope
8. Sounds Like Love
9. Yellow Rose of Texas (with Lane Brody)
10. When You Fall In Love
11. Be There For My Baby
12. One In A Million
13. Never Was A Doubt
14. The Eyes Of Love