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Henry Lee Summer
Born July 5, 1955 (1955-07-05) (age 54)
Brazil, Indiana
Genres Rock, Pop
Occupations Songwriter
Performer
Producer
Instruments Guitar
Keyboards
Drums
Years active 1978–Present
Labels Epic Records
Website Henry Lee Summer

Henry Lee Summer (born 1955 Henry Lee Swartz) is an American rock singer, songwriter, musician, and Record producer from Brazil, Indiana best known for his hit singles "I Wish I Had A Girl" and "Hey Baby".

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Career

Henry Lee Summer planned on being a basketball player and even received a scholarship to play at a College in Montana, however he ultimately decided to pursue a career in music. Summer began as a singer and drummer, then also taught himself to play guitar and keyboards. Throughout the late 70's to early 80's he toured throughout the American Midwest and South. He released two independent albums with the help of his manager James Bogard and in 1987 was signed to Epic Records by CBS Records executive Tony Martell.

Summer recorded several successful albums on Epic Records in the 80s-90s and toured with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Don Henley, Robert Palmer, Cheap Trick, and Richard Marx. Summer also shared the stage with John Mellencamp at a show in Indianapolis IN (1988) and another in Bloomington IN (1992) that each drew over 40,000 fans.

Recording and touring musicians working with Summer throughout his career on Epic Records included - Jimmy Rip (guitar), Graham Maby (bass), Leigh Foxx (bass), Michael Organ (drummer), Mimi Mapes (vocals), Sheila Lawrence (vocals), Tony Bowles (guitar), Rick Benick (guitar), Michael Read (keyboards), Doug Sizemore (keyboards), and Gene Boccia (bass).

Hit Songs

Summer's song "I Wish I Had a Girl" (#1 Mainstream Rock Hit, #20 on Billboard's Hot 100), was originally recorded for his independent album Time for Big Fun, but the song was re-recorded and released on his self-titled debut album on Epic Records two years later (1988).

Summer's song "Hey Baby" (#18 on the Billboard Hot 100) was released in 1989 from his album "I've Got Everything" on Epic Records. Summer was credited as producer for both the album and the single.

Film Soundtrack Songs

Henry Lee Summer produced, composed, arranged, or contributed lead vocals to several songs for movie soundtracks including -

Iron Eagle II “If You Were My Girl” (Summer: lead vocal) produced by Mike Chapman, Tri-Star Pictures (1988)

Twins “No Way of Knowing” (Summer: producer, lead vocal, some instruments) Universal Pictures, WTG (1988)

Queens Logic “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” (Summer: lead vocal) New Line Cinema, Epic (1991)

Sniper “Medicine Man” and “Turn It Up” (Summer: composer, producer, lead vocal) Columbia Pictures (1993)

Striking Distance “The Boys and the Girls are Doin’ it” (Summer: lead vocal) Columbia Tri-Star Pictures (1993)

The Raffle “I Wish I Had A Girl” (Summer: composer, lead vocal) Capstone Pictures (1994)

Legal Problems

In September 2006, Summer was arrested after the car he was driving crashed into several other vehicles in a local Indiana neighborhood. Summer pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, and was sentenced to a year's probation and forced to pay a fine [1].

In May 2009, Summer was again arrested in Indianapolis. He was charged with multiple counts including possessing methamphetamine. [2] In June of 2009 Summer entered the voluntary Drug Treatment center Cumberland Heights in Nashville TN. On November 10, 2009 in a resolution of all charges Summer pled guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a year's probation and 120 hours of community service.[3]

Discography

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Albums

  • Stay With Me (Majestic Records, 1984)
  • Time for Big Fun (Majestic, 1985)
  • Henry Lee Summer (Epic Records, 1987) U.S. #56[4]
  • I've Got Everything (Epic, 1989) U.S. #78 (Summer credited as Producer)
  • Way Past Midnight (Epic, 1991)
  • Slamdunk (Sony Records, 1993)
  • Smoke and Mirrors (Moon Pie Records, 1999)

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions[5]
Billboard Hot 100 Mainstream Rock Tracks
1988 "Darlin' Danielle Don't" #57 #9
1988 "Hands on the Radio" #85 #28
1988 "I Wish I Had a Girl" #20 #1
1989 "Hey Baby" #18 #6
1991 "Till Somebody Loves You" #51 -

References

  1. ^ http://www.softcom.net/webnews/wed/do/Uus-summers.RG9z_HJT.html
  2. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090507/ap_en_mu/singer_meth_arrest
  3. ^ http://www.indystar.com/article/20091110/LOCAL18/911100400/Hoosier+rocker+pleads+guilty+in+meth+case
  4. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  5. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.

Websites

Henry Lee Summer Official Site


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