Johnny Lee (singer)

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Johnny Lee
Johnny Lee.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJohn Lee Ham[1]
Born(1946-07-03) July 3, 1946 (age 68)
OriginAlta Loma, Texas, USA
GenresCountry, Pop, Countrypolitan
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1976–present
LabelsAsylum Records
Warner Bros. Records
Curb Records
Associated actsMickey Gilley
Websitewww.johnnyleefanclub.com
 
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This article is about the singer. For the voice of Brer Rabbit in Song of the South, see Johnny Lee (actor).
Johnny Lee
Johnny Lee.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJohn Lee Ham[1]
Born(1946-07-03) July 3, 1946 (age 68)
OriginAlta Loma, Texas, USA
GenresCountry, Pop, Countrypolitan
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1976–present
LabelsAsylum Records
Warner Bros. Records
Curb Records
Associated actsMickey Gilley
Websitewww.johnnyleefanclub.com

John Lee Ham (born July 3, 1946) is an American country music singer, known professionally as Johnny Lee. His 1980 single, "Lookin' for Love" not only spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in the second half of 1980 but also went to the Top 5 on the Pop charts, and Top 10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary survey. He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.

Biography[edit]

Lee grew up in Alta Loma, Texas on a dairy farm. In high school he formed a rock n' roll band, "Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners". After school, Lee enlisted in the United States Navy and served a tour of duty on the USS Chicago, a guided missile cruiser. After his discharge, he played cover tunes in Texas nightclubs and bars through the 1960s.

Lee worked 10 years with Mickey Gilley, both on tour and at Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas. The 1980 hit movie Urban Cowboy was largely shot at Gilley's club in Pasadena, Texas. It was the soundtrack from the movie that catapulted Lee to fame. The record spawned several hit singles, one of which was Lee's "Lookin' for Love."

Lee had five songs reach the top of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. In addition to "Lookin' For Love," those songs are "One in a Million" (1980); "Bet Your Heart on Me" (1981); "The Yellow Rose" (1984, a duet with Lane Brody and the theme song to the NBC TV-series of the same name); and "You Could Have Heard a Heartbreak" (1984). His other major hits include "Pickin' Up Strangers" (1981), "Prisoner of Hope" (1981); "Cherokee Fiddle," "Sounds Like Love" and "Hey Bartender" (1983); and "Rollin' Lonely" and "Save the Last Chance" (1985).

In the fall of 2008 Lee returned to Branson to perform.

In 1982-4 Lee married Dallas actress Charlene Tilton, having child: daughter Cherish (born 1982), and son from another relationship, Johnny Lee Jr. (1990 - 2014), who died at the age of 23.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsRIAA
US Country
[2]
CAN Country
[3]
1977For Lovers Only
1980Lookin' for Love86Gold
1981Bet Your Heart on Me9
1982Sounds Like Love32
1983Hey Bartender15
Greatest Hits41
1984Til' the Bars Burn Down23
1985Keep Me Hangin' On36
Workin' for a Livin23
1989New Directions
1990The Best of Johnny Lee
1995Country Party
1996Ramblin' Rose
1999Live at Gilley's
2001At His Best
2002Live at Billy Bob's Texas
2003The 13th of July
Greatest Hits
2005Santa Claus Is Lookin' for Love
2006Country Candy Store

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country
[4]
US
[5]
CAN Country
[6]
1976"Sometimes"59N/A
"Red Sails in the Sunset"22Country Party
1977"Ramblin' Rose"37
"Country Party"1550
"Dear Alice"58
1978"This Time"43
1980"Lookin' for Love"[A]1518Lookin' for Love
"One in a Million"11028
1981"Pickin' Up Strangers"34
"Prisoner of Hope"34
"Rode Hard and Put Up Wet"52Urban Cowboy 2
"Bet Your Heart on Me"1545Bet Your Heart on Me
1982"Be There for Me Baby"105
"When You Fall in Love"1446
"Cherokee Fiddle"1024Sounds Like Love
1983"Sounds Like Love"69
"Hey Bartender"21Hey Bartender
"My Baby Don't Slow Dance"2313
1984"The Yellow Rose" (with Lane Brody)11'Til the Bars Burn Down
"One More Shot"4226
"You Could've Heard a Heart Break"12Workin' for a Livin'
1985"Rollin' Lonely"99
"Save the Last Chance"1212Keep Me Hangin' On
"They Never Had to Get Over You"1957
1986"The Loneliness in Lucy's Eyes
(The Life Sue Ellen Is Living)"
56Dallas: The Music Story
"I Could Get Used to This" (with Lane Brody)50N/A
1989"Maybe I Won't Love You Anymore"59New Directions
"I'm Not Over You"69
"I Can Be a Heartbreaker Too"53
"You Can't Fly Like an Eagle"66

B-sides[edit]

YearB-sideChart PositionsOriginal A-side
US Country
[4]
1984"Say When"flip"The Yellow Rose"
Notes
  • A^ Peaked at No. 20 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 54 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.

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