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Johnny Lee

Background information
Birth name Johnny Lee Ham
Born July 3, 1946 (1946-07-03) (age 63)
Origin Texas City, Texas, USA
Genres Country, Pop, Countrypolitan
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1976 – Present
Labels Asylum Records
Warner Bros. Records
Curb Records
Associated acts Mickey Gilley

Johnny Lee Ham (born July 3, 1946, in Texas City, Texas) is an American Country Music Singer. 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.



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.

Johnny Lee and Connie Melancon met when he was on leave from the Navy in 1964 in Galveston, TX and they have a daughter, LeTesia, born in 1965. Johnny has two grandchildren, Julie Beth Scott and Jackie Callahan. Jackie had a son, Noah, this year; which makes Johnny a great grand dad.

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. 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).

Lee married Charlene Tilton in 1982 but the marriage only lasted three years. Their daughter Cherish was born in 1982. He has a son from another marriage. Lee and his son live in Branson, Missouri. Lee tried a stage act in Branson, but prefers to remain a touring act. An attempt at a comeback in the late 1980s was short-lived.

In the fall of 2008, Lee returned to Branson to perform shows to rave reviews.




Year Album US Country RIAA
1977 For Lovers Only
1980 Lookin' for Love 8 Gold
1981 Bet Your Heart on Me 9
1982 Sounds Like Love 32
1983 Hey Bartender 15
Greatest Hits 41
1984 Til' the Bars Burn Down 23
1985 Keep Me Hangin' On 36
Workin' for a Livin 23
1989 New Directions
1990 The Best of Johnny Lee
1995 Country Party
1996 Ramblin' Rose
1999 Live at Gilley's
2001 At His Best
2002 Live At Billy Bob's Texas
2003 The 13th of July
Greatest Hits
2005 Santa Claus Is Lookin' for Love
2006 Country Candy Store


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1976 "Sometimes" 59 single only
"Red Sails in the Sunset" 22 Country Party
1977 "Ramblin' Rose" 37
"Country Party" 15 50
"Dear Alice" 58
1978 "This Time" 43
1980 "Lookin' for Love"[A] 1 5 18 Lookin' for Love
"One in a Million" 1 102 8
1981 "Pickin' Up Strangers" 3 4
"Prisoner of Hope" 3 4
"Rode Hard and Put Up Wet" 52 Urban Cowboy 2
"Bet Your Heart on Me" 1 54 5 Bet Your Heart on Me
1982 "Be There for Me Baby" 10 5
"When You Fall in Love" 14 46
"Cherokee Fiddle" 10 24 Sounds Like Love
1983 "Sounds Like Love" 6 9
"Hey Bartender" 2 1 Hey Bartender
"My Baby Don't Slow Dance" 23 13
1984 "The Yellow Rose" (with Lane Brody) 1 1 'Til the Bars Burn Down
"Say When" flip
"One More Shot" 42 26
"You Could've Heard a Heart Break" 1 2 Workin' for a Livin'
1985 "Rollin' Lonely" 9 9
"Save the Last Chance" 12 12 Keep Me Hangin' On
"They Never Had to Get Over You" 19 57
1986 "The Loneliness in Lucy's Eyes
(The Life Sue Ellen Is Living)"
56 singles only
"I Could Get Used to This" (with Lane Brody) 50
1989 "Maybe I Won't Love You Anymore" 59 New Directions
"I'm Not Over You" 69
"I Can Be a Heartbreaker Too" 53
"You Can Fly Like an Eagle" 66
  • A^ Peaked at #20 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and #54 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.


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