1984 Johnny Lee – Workin’ For A Livin’

lee-johnny-1984John Lee Ham (born July 3, 1946) is an American country music singer known professionally as Johnny Lee. His 1980 single “Lookin’ for Love” became a crossover hit, spending three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart while also appearing in the Top 5 on the Billboard Pop chart and Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-1980s.

Lee worked 10 years with Mickey Gilley, both on tour and at Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas. The soundtrack from the 1980 hit movie Urban Cowboy, which was largely shot at Gilley’s, catapulted Lee to fame. The record spawned several hit singles, including Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love.”

In addition to “Lookin’ for Love”, Lee had five songs reach the top of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart: “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”, “Hey Bartender” (1983), “Rollin’ Lonely”, and “Save the Last Chance” (1985).


1 Short Changed 2:37
2 Rollin’ Lonely 3:17
She’s Mine 2:41
4 Rock It, Billy 3:06
5 You Could’ve Heard A Heart Break 3:12
6 Workin’ For A Livin’ 2:29
7 I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues 5:02
8 A Little Push 2:45
9 Everybody Wants To Be Single 2:43
10 Waitin’ On Ice 4:50


Bass David Hungate
Guitar Joe Walker
Guitar Reggie Young
Acoustic Guitar Joe Walker
Keyboards John Jarvis
Background Vocals Bill Lamb
Background Vocals Thom Flora
Sax Bob Montgomery
Sax Robert Henderson Jr