Hear the music of this legendary country music singer Johnny Lee at 11 am on Sunday, July 23rd on the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight. It’s a segment of the Sunday Morning Country Classic Show.  The show begins at 9 am on 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download the new 98.1 mobile app.

Johnny Lee was born in Texas City, Texas and grew up on a dairy farm.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served a tour of duty.  After his discharge, he worked the Texas nightclubs and bars throughout the 1960’s.  Lee worked 10 years with Mikey Gilley on tour and at Gilley’s club in Pasadena, Texas.  In June of

In June of 1977, Lee scored a number fifteen on Billboard's Hot Country Singles Chart with “Country Party,” a song written by Rick Nelson. It’s a slight rewrite of Nelson’s “Garden Party.”  In June of 1980, Lee hit it big when he recorded “Lookin’ for Love.” It was part of the soundtrack to the smash film ‘Urban Cowboy.’ Without a doubt, this song became Lee’s signature song.  It dominated both country and pop music of the 1980’s.  Other hits include, “One in a Million,” “Bet You Heart on Me” and “Yellow Rose” a duet with Lane Brody, the theme song from the TV series starring Cybill Shepherd.  On a personal note, Lee was married from 1982 to 1984 to actress Charlene Tilton with whom he had a daughter named Cherish born in 1982.  In 1990 he had a son with former wife Deb whom he married in 1986 and was named Johnny Lee Jr. who died from a drug overdose at age 23 in 2014.

On a personal note, Lee was married from 1982 to 1984 to actress Charlene Tilton with whom he had a daughter named Cherish born in 1982.  In 1990, he had a son with former wife Deb whom he married in 1986. The couple named their son Johnny Lee Jr. He died from a drug overdose at age 23 in 2014.

Remember we always take your requests at 320-252-9897 or email dick@minnesotasnewcountry.com.

Get the '98.1 Insider' Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest Minnesota & music news in your inbox a couple times a week. If we're not awesome, drop us like a hot potato.