After high school, Lee enlisted in the Navy, serving a tour of duty on the U.S.S. Chicago in Vietnam. Immediately upon returning home, he started pursuing his music. In 1968, he began a 10-year working relationship with Mickey Gilley. Recording with ABC/DOT and GRT Records, Lee had moderate success with “Country Party.”
In 1979, Lee’s first onscreen role was in the 1979 TV movie, “The Girls in the Office,” starring Barbara Eden and Susan St. James. He was then asked to perform in the film, “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta and Deborah Winger, and for which he recorded several songs used in the soundtrack. “Lookin’ For Love” from that soundtrack became Lee’s first Gold Record. It spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Country singles chart as No. 1, and No. 2 on the Pop singles chart. He followed up “Lookin’ For Love” with “One In A Million”, which spent two weeks at No. 1.
In 2004, Johnny Lee was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Currently Johnny can be seen performing solo and together with Mickey Gilley on the Urban Cowboy Reunion tour, playing more than 40 dates across the U.S. in 2018. Keep up with all things Johnny Lee at www.theofficialjohnnylee.com.
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