John Conlee

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John Conlee
John Conlee 2007.jpg
Conlee performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007
Background information
Born(1946-08-11) August 11, 1946 (age 67)
OriginVersailles, Kentucky, USA
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1978–present
LabelsABC, MCA Nashville, Columbia, 16th Avenue
Associated actsBud Logan
Websitewww.johnconlee.com
 
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John Conlee
John Conlee 2007.jpg
Conlee performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007
Background information
Born(1946-08-11) August 11, 1946 (age 67)
OriginVersailles, Kentucky, USA
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1978–present
LabelsABC, MCA Nashville, Columbia, 16th Avenue
Associated actsBud Logan
Websitewww.johnconlee.com

John Conlee (born August 11, 1946) is an American country music singer. Between 1978 and 2004, Conlee charted a total of thirty-two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and recorded eleven studio albums. His singles include seven Number One hits: "Lady Lay Down," "Backside of Thirty," "Common Man," "I'm Only in It for the Love," "In My Eyes," "As Long As I'm Rockin' with You" and "Got My Heart Set on You." Besides these, Conlee has sent fourteen other songs into the Top Ten.

Biography[edit]

John Conlee was born August 11, 1946, on a tobacco farm in Versailles, Kentucky.[1] By age 10, Conlee had begun singing and playing guitar, and later sang tenor in a barbershop quartet.[2] Conlee did not immediately take up a musical career, instead becoming a licensed mortician,[2] employed by Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, and later a disc jockey at radio station WLAC.[3]

Musical career[edit]

By 1971, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in pursuit of a musical career, signing to ABC Records in 1976.[1] Conlee charted for the first time in 1978 with "Rose Colored Glasses," a No. 5 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts, as well as the title track to his 1978 debut album.[1] This album would go on to produce his first two Number One hits in "Lady Lay Down" and "Backside of Thirty."[1]

Following ABC's merger with MCA Records, he released his 1979 album Forever on MCA. Its singles, "Before My Time" and "Baby, You're Something," respectively reached No. 2 and No. 7.[3] A second MCA release, Friday Night Blues, produced two more No. 2 hits in the title track and "She Can't Say That Anymore," followed by the No. 12 "What I Had with You." 1981's With Love accounted for yet another No. 2 in "Miss Emily's Picture."

Conlee has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981.[4][5]

Conlee's 1982 album Busted was led off by a cover of the Harlan Howard song of the same name; the album's last single, "Common Man," returned him to the top of the charts in 1983.[1] Three more Number One hits came from In My Eyes: the Kix Brooks co-write "I'm Only in It for the Love," the title track, and "As Long as I'm Rockin' with You." MCA released a Greatest Hits album later in 1983.

Blue Highway in 1984, his last studio album for MCA, produced a No. 2 in "Years After You." A year later, a second Greatest Hits package produced his last MCA single in the No. 5 "Old School" before he moved to Columbia Records. Conlee's first Columbia release, Harmony, gave him his last Number One hit in "Got My Heart Set on You" in 1986. A second and final album for Columbia, American Faces, took him into the Top 10 for the last time with "Domestic Life," followed by his last Top 40 at No. 11, "Mama's Rockin' Chair." From there, Conlee moved to 16th Avenue Records, releasing Fellow Travelers.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US CountryCAN Country
1978Rose Colored Glasses113ABC
1979Forever20MCA
1980Friday Night Blues1611
1981With Love22
1982Busted21
1983In My Eyes9
1984Blue Highway14
1986Harmony9Columbia
1987American Faces16
1989Fellow Travelers6016th Avenue
2004Turn Your Eyes Upon JesusRCR

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsCertificationsLabel
US CountryUSUSCAN
1983Greatest Hits17166GoldGoldMCA
1985Greatest Hits 233
1986Songs for the Working Man
Conlee Country
198720 Greatest Hits
1999Live at Billy Bob's TexasSmith Music

Singles[edit]

YearTitleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country[3]CAN Country
1978"Rose Colored Glasses"56Rose Colored Glasses
"Lady Lay Down"12
1979"Backside of Thirty"15
"Before My Time"21Forever
1980"Baby, You're Something"77
"Friday Night Blues"23Friday Night Blues
"She Can't Say That Anymore"211
1981"What I Had with You"1215
"Could You Love Me (One More Time)"2637With Love
"Miss Emily's Picture"27
1982"Busted"65Busted
"Nothing Behind You, Nothing in Sight"2636
"I Don't Remember Loving You"103
1983"Common Man"11
"I'm Only in It for the Love"12In My Eyes
"In My Eyes"12
1984"As Long as I'm Rockin' with You"11
"Way Back"42
"Years After You"22Blue Highway
1985"Working Man"76
"Blue Highway"1513
"Old School"56Greatest Hits Vol. 2
1986"Harmony"1019Harmony
"Got My Heart Set on You"11
"The Carpenter"61
1987"Domestic Life"45American Faces
"Mama's Rockin' Chair"117
"Living Like There's No Tomorrow"55
1988"Hit the Ground Runnin'"43Fellow Travelers
1989"Fellow Travelers"4854
"Hopelessly Yours"67
1990"Doghouse"61single only

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Huey, Steve. "John Conlee biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b "John Conlee biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (August 2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 102. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ "John Conlee". Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Opry Member List PDF". April 23, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012.