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JOHNNY LEE

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Johnny Lee Ham

Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA

Known For: 1980 single, “Lookin for Love,”

Instruments: Voice, Guitar

Music Styles: Country, Pop, Countrypolitan

Location: TX, United States of America

Date Born: 3rd July 1946
Location Born: Texas City, Texas, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site: Johnny Lee at the Internet Movie Database

Other Links: See below:

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Johnny Lee

An American Country Music Singer.

John Lee Ham (born July 3, 1946) is an American country music singer known professionally as Johnny Lee. His 1980 single “Lookin’ for Love” became a crossover hit, spending three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart while also appearing in the Top 5 on the Billboard Pop chart and Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-1980s.

Lee grew up on a dairy farm in Alta Loma, Texas. In high school he formed a rock n’ roll band, “Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners”. After graduation 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 throughout the 1960s.

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

In addition to “Lookin’ for Love”, Lee had five songs reach the top of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart: “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”, “Hey Bartender” (1983), “Rollin’ Lonely”, and “Save the Last Chance” (1985).

From 1982 to 1984, Lee was married to Dallas actress Charlene Tilton, with whom he had a daughter Cherish (born 1982). He later had a son from another relationship, Johnny Lee Jr. (1990-2014), who died at the age of 23.

In the fall of 2008 Lee began performing regularly in Branson, Missouri.

Lee had five songs reach the top of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.

“Lookin’ For Love,”
“One in a Million”
“Bet Your Heart on Me”
“The Yellow Rose” (a duet with Lane Brody)
“You Could Have Heard a Heartbreak”
“Pickin’ Up Strangers”
“Prisoner of Hope”
“Cherokee Fiddle”
“Sounds Like Love”
“Hey Bartender”
“Rollin’ Lonely”
“Save the Last Chance”

An attempt at a comeback in the late 1980s was short-lived.

Lee and his son live in Branson, Missouri.

LINKS:

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 198.
  2. Jump up ^ “Johnny Lee Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums”

    . Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 14, 2011.

  3. Jump up ^ “Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Country Albums”

    . RPM. Retrieved June 14, 2011.

  4. ^ Jump up to: a b “Johnny Lee Album & Song Chart History – Country Songs”

    . Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 14, 2011.

  5. Jump up ^ “Johnny Lee Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100”

    . Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 14, 2011.

  6. Jump up ^ “Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Country Singles”

    . RPM. Retrieved June 14, 2011.

  7. “Johnny Lee Biography”. CMT.com

    . Retrieved May 27, 2005.