Johnny Lee: Looking For Love – Plus Story Behind the Song

Johnny Lee singing his signature song Looking For Love and talking to Ralph Emery.

It doesn’t seem possible that it has been about 31 years since Johnny Lee recorded Looking For Love.  It went to No.8 on the country music charts in the U.S and was also featured in the movie Urban Cowboy.

Lee was about 34 at the time he recorded Looking For Love. Now he is old enough to retire at 65. Lee wasn’t a one hit wonder as he would record 20 albums and five of his songs would reach No.1 on the country music chart.

Johnny Lee’s No. 1 songs

Looking For Love

One In A Million

Bet Your Heart on Me

The Yellow Rose Of Texas (With Lane Brody)

You Could’ve Heard A Heart Break

The Yellow Rose of Texas video with Johnny Lee and Lane Brody.

Johnny Lee and Lane Brody singing Yellow Rose of Texas again over 30 years later at a country music reunion.

An audio only version of Johnny Lee singing You Could’ve Heard A Heart Break


Johnny Lee may not have had a Top 100 hit since 1989 or recorded an album since 2006, but from 1980-1984 he had 12 songs in the Top 10 country music chart.

Since appearing in Urban Cowboy Lee has been seen in many television series and sang Looking For Love in the 2002 movie The New Guy.

Looking For Love had been rejected by 20 artists according to before Lee made it a gigantic hit, mainly because it was sung in  Urban Cowboy.

Lee married actress Charlene Hilton from the Dallas television series in 1982 but their marriage had collapsed by 1987.

Like many celebrities he found out his management had been taking much of the money he had earned during the time when he was earning the most money.

He may never be voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but for five years he was one of the hottest country music stars in the business.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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