Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Looking for Love" by Johnny Lee

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0256
Date:  07/12/1980
Debut:  67
Peak:  5
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Country, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Johnny Lee spent most of the 70s playing for Mickey Gilley at the country star's famous Pasadena Gilley's club. Lee recorded as well but nothing really took off. At least until this song from the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack introduced him to a wide audience. It shot him quickly into stardom and for a few years after he continued to have hits on the country chart. Nothing would equal the major crossover success of this song, but it was all he needed to jump start a successful career. The song also garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Country & Western Vocal.

ReduxReview:  Sorry, but I just can't help but think of Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat on SNL doing a commercial for his new album and he sings "Wookin Pa Nub." Classic. This is actually a good tune. From what I read it seems critics were not fond of the song saying it was a little pop ditty passing as a country tune. It may be, but I think it does the job very well.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In 1982, Lee married Charlene Tilton who was acting on the famous nighttime soap "Dallas." The relationship ended in 1987.


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