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Lee Roy Parnell

Parnell performing in August 2004
Background information
Born December 21, 1956 (1956-12-21) (age 53)
Origin Abilene, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Electric guitar
Slide guitar
National guitar
Years active 1990-present
Labels Arista
Career/Arista Nashville
Vanguard
Universal South
Associated acts Ronnie Dunn
David Lee Murphy

Lee Roy Parnell (born December 21, 1956) is an American country music artist. Active since 1990, he has recorded eight studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. His highest-charting hits are "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" (1992), "Tender Moment" (1993), and "A Little Bit of You" (1995), all of which peaked at #2. Four more of his singles have charted in the Top Ten as well. Besides his own work, Parnell has played slide guitar and National guitar on several other country recordings.

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Biography

Parnell was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1956.[1] His parents were friends of country superstar Bob Wills, and Parnell began his music career on Wills's local radio show at the age of six.[2][3] During his teens, he played drums and guitar in some local bands, and he played in Kinky Friedman's Texas Jewboys band during the early 1970s.[4] He continued to play in local clubs throughout Texas until 1987, when he moved to Nashville[5] and became a regular performer at the Bluebird Café.

Career

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Lee Roy Parnell

Parnell released his self-titled debut album for Arista Records in 1990.[6] This album produced three chart singles in "Crocodile Tears", "Oughta Be a Law" and "Family Tree", none of which charted in the Top 40 on the Billboard country charts. A video for "Mexican Money" was created and released, but the song was not released to radio.

Love Without Mercy

Following this album was his breakthrough release, 1992's Love Without Mercy. Although its lead-off single "The Rock" also fell short of Top 40, its next three singles all reached Top Ten: "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" at #2, the title track at #8, and finally "Tender Moment" also at #2. These three songs were all Top Ten hits on the RPM charts in Canada.

On the Road

1993's On the Road, his third album and final release for Arista proper also produced two top-10 hits: the title track and "I'm Holding My Own", at #6 and #3 respectively. The album also contained a #17-peaking rendition of the Hank Williams song "Take These Chains from My Heart", which Parnell recorded as a duet with Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, although Dunn was not credited on the charts. The final single from On the Road, "The Power of Love", peaked at #51.

We All Get Lucky Sometimes

His fourth album, 1995's We All Get Lucky Sometimes, was also his first for Career Records, then a newly-formed subsidiary of Arista Nashville. This album's lead-off single "A Little Bit of You" was the third single of his career to reach #2. Following it were the #12 "When a Woman Loves a Man" (featuring background vocals from Trisha Yearwood), the #3 "Heart's Desire" and another #12 in "Giving Water to a Drowning Man". The album's title track, which was its fifth single, peaked at #46.

Every Night's a Saturday Night and Hits and Highways Ahead

Every Night's a Saturday Night was his final release for Career Records. This was the first album of his career not to produce a Top Ten hit, and only three singles were released from it: "Lucky Me, Lucky You" at #35, "You Can't Get There From Here" at #39 (his final Top 40 hit), and "All That Matters Anymore" at #50. After Career Records was merged back into Arista Nashville, Parnell released his final album for the Arista label, 1999's Hits and Highways Ahead. This album's only single, "She Won't Be Lonely Long", peaked at #57, and by the year's end, he exited Arista's roster.

Tell the Truth and Back to the Well

Parnell signed to Vanguard Records in 2000,[7] releasing the album Tell the Truth that year. This album's only single, "South by Southwest", failed to chart, and he soon left the label as well. His final album, Back to the Well, came in 2006 on Universal South Records, although it also produced only one non-charting single in "Daddies and Daughters."

External contributions

Besides playing slide guitar and National guitar on his albums and co-writing several of his own songs, Parnell has co-written two Top 40 country hits for other artists: "Too Much" by Pirates of the Mississippi and "That's My Story" by Collin Raye, from 1992 and 1993 respectively. In 1994, he and Steve Wariner collaborated with Diamond Rio on a cover of Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man's Blues", credited to Jed Zeppelin and recorded for a tribute album Mama's Hungry Eyes. This rendition peaked at #48 on the country charts. He played slide guitar on Mary Chapin Carpenter's late-1994 Number One hit "Shut Up and Kiss Me", and appeared in the song's music video. His final chart entry was in late 2004, when he was credited for playing slide guitar on David Lee Murphy's #46-peaking single "Inspiration", from the album Tryin' to Get There.

Personal life

Parnell has two children. Son Blake (1980) was born to Parnell's first wife, Kristin. Daughter Allison (1985) was born to second wife Kerry Pryor[8]. He married third wife Kimberlie in 1990.[9] In March 2008, Parnell announced his engagement to a fan named Julie.[10]

Discography

Albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1990 Lee Roy Parnell
  • Released: April 10, 1990
  • Label: Arista
1992 Love Without Mercy
  • Released: April 28, 1992
  • Label: Arista
66
1993 On the Road
  • Released: October 26, 1993
  • Label: Arista
59 17
1995 We All Get Lucky Sometimes
  • Released: August 1, 1995
  • Label: Career/Arista Nashville
26 173
1997 Every Night's a Saturday Night
  • Released: June 17, 1997
  • Label: Career/Arista Nashville
53
1999 Hits and Highways Ahead
  • Released: August 24, 1999
  • Label: Arista Nashville
63
2001 Tell the Truth
  • Released: June 12, 2001
  • Label: Vanguard
2006 Back to the Well
  • Released: March 7, 2006
  • Label: Universal South

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Crocodile Tears" 59 90 Lee Roy Parnell
"Oughta Be a Law" 54
"Family Tree" 73
1992 "The Rock" 50 47 Love Without Mercy
"What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" 2 3
"Love Without Mercy" 8 10
1993 "Tender Moment" 2 10
"On the Road" 6 12 On the Road
1994 "I'm Holding My Own" 3 2
"Take These Chains from My Heart" 17 21
"The Power of Love" 51 64
1995 "A Little Bit of You" 2 2 We All Get Lucky Sometimes
"When a Woman Loves a Man" 12 20
1996 "Heart's Desire" 3 3
"Givin' Water to a Drowning Man" 12 10
"We All Get Lucky Sometimes" 46 83
1997 "Lucky Me, Lucky You" 35 57 Every Night's a Saturday Night
"You Can't Get There from Here" 39
1998 "All That Matters Anymore" 50 95
1999 "She Won't Be Lonely Long" 57 61 Hits & Highways Ahead
2001 "South by Southwest" Tell the Truth
2006 "Daddies and Daughters" Back to the Well

Other charted songs

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Country
1994 "Workin' Man's Blues"
(with Diamond Rio and Steve Wariner;
credited as Jed Zeppelin)
48 Mama's Hungry Eyes:
A Tribute to Merle Haggard
1997 "Please Come Home for Christmas" 71 Star of Wonder

Guest singles

Year Title Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country
2004 "Inspiration" David Lee Murphy 46 Tryin' to Get There

Music videos

Year Video Director
1990 "Oughta Be a Law" Marius Penczner
"Family Tree"
1991 "Mexican Money" Dean Lent
1992 "The Rock" Steven Goldmann
"Love Without Mercy" John Lloyd Miller
1993 "Tender Moment" Michael Merriman
"On the Road" Michael Oblowitz
"I'm Holding My Own"
1994 "Workin' Man's Blues"
(with Diamond Rio and Steve Wariner;
credited as Jed Zeppelin)
Deaton Flanigen
1995 "A Little Bit of You" Jim Yukich
"When a Woman Loves a Man" (feat. Trisha Yearwood) Steven Goldmann
1996 "Catwalk" (feat. Flaco Jimenez)
1997 "Lucky Me, Lucky You" Michael McNamara
1998 "All That Matters Anymore"
1999 "She Won't Be Lonely Long" Peter Zavadil
2006 "Just Lucky That Way" Milton Sneed
"Saving Grace

References

  1. ^ Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche.
  2. ^ "Where there's a Wills. " People Weekly 1 Oct. 1994: General Interest Module, ProQuest. Web. 14 Jul. 2009.
  3. ^ Rusty Russell. "Lee Roy Parnell: The country-blues connection. " Guitar Player 1 Oct. 1997: General Interest Module, ProQuest. Web. 14 Jul. 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.intrepidartists.com/leeroyparnell.html
  5. ^ Cronin, Peter. "Parnell slips into the mainstream. " Billboard 13 Nov. 1993: General Interest Module, ProQuest. Web. 14 Jul. 2009.
  6. ^ Rusty Russell. "Lee Roy Parnell: A Nashville hitmaker breaks out. " Guitar Player 1 Dec. 2001: General Interest Module, ProQuest. Web. 14 Jul. 2009.
  7. ^ Rusty Russell. "Lee Roy Parnell: A Nashville hitmaker breaks out. " Guitar Player 1 Dec. 2001: General Interest Module, ProQuest. Web. 14 Jul. 2009.
  8. ^ Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche.
  9. ^ Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Marriage Index, 1966-2002. Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas.
  10. ^ News - Lee Roy Parnell

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