Johnny Lee performs “Looking For Love”

This song catapulted the Texan Johnny Lee to fame, thus achieving his first number one on the country charts, staying three weeks in a row at number one.

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This was originally written by two school teachers, Wanda Mallette and Patti Ryan, about a classroom of second grade children. They sent the song to composer Bob Morrison who did a “high level editing job” on the track and started trying to find someone to record it. The song was rejected at least 23 times before record executive Irving Azoff had the nightclub singer at Gilliey’s club in Pasadena, Texas, Johnny Lee put it on the record.

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Single cover U.K

 

 

Recorded in June 1980 by Johnny Lee and produced by John Boylan, for the Asylum label. This song catapulted the Texan Johnny Lee to fame, thus achieving his first number one on the country charts, staying three weeks in a row at number one. The song was included in Johnny Lee’s third album, Lookin’ for love (Asylum Records 1980) and in the soundtrack of the movie, Urban Cowboy (Full moon 1980), in which he also had a small role, along with the two protagonists, Jhon Travolta and Debra Winger. The song did not get good reviews from the critics, saying it was a pop song, in my opinion the song could be pop, but country pop (Urban Cowboy), but I think once again they were wrong, the song had great acceptance becoming a gold record when slling more than one million copies.



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LP Sound track cover

1. Hello Texas – Jimmt Buffett
2. All Night Long – Joe Walsh
3. Times Like These – Dan Fogelberg
4. Nine Tonight – Bob Seger And The Siver Bullet Band
5. Stand by Me – Mickey Gilley
6. Cherokee Fiddle – Johnny Lee
7. Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
8. Lyin’ Eyes – The Eagles
9. Lookin’ for Love – Johnny Lee
10. Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance – Bonnie Raitt
11. The Devil Went Down To Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
12. Here Comes The Hurt Again – Mickey Gilley
13. Orange Blossom Special / Hoedown – Gilley’s ‘Urban Cowboy’ Band
14. Love the World Away – Kenny Rogers
15. Falling In Love For The Night – The Charlie Daniels Band
16. Darlin’ – Bonnie Raitt
17. Look What You’ve Done to Me – Boz Scaggs
18. Hearts Against the Wind – Linda Ronstadt



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Some versions :
Mats Radberg 1980 ( Mariann Records )
Reg Lindsay 1981 ( Telmak Records )
Arne Benonisen 1983 ( Igloo Records )
Swayer Brown 2000 ( Curb Records )
J.C Lodge 2002 ( Jet Star Records ) Reggae version
Amber Gerard 2008 ( Wild Blue Country )





Johnny Lee – Looking for love Lyrics

I spent a lifetime lookin’ for you
Single bars and good time lovers were never true
Playin’ a fool’s game hopin’ to win
And tellin’ those sweet lies and losin’ again

I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places
Lookin’ for love in too many faces
Searchin’ her eyes, lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of
Hopin’ to find a friend and a lover
I’ll bless the day I discover another heart
Lookin’ for love

I was alone then, no love in sight
I did everything I could to get me through the night
Don’t know where it started or where it might end
I’d turn to a stranger just like a friend

I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places
Lookin’ for love in too many faces
Searchin’ her eyes, lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of
Hopin’ to find a friend and a lover
I’ll bless the day I discover another heart
Lookin’ for love

You came knockin’ at my heart’s door
You’re everything I’ve been lookin’ for

No more lookin’ for love in all the wrong places
Lookin’ for love in too many faces
Searchin’ your eyes, lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of
Now that I found a friend and a lover
I’ll bless the day I discover you, oh you
Lookin’ for love

In all the wrong the places
Lookin’ for love in too many faces
Searchin’ your eyes, lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of
Now that I found a friend and a lover
I’ll bless the day I discover you, oh you
Lookin’ for love

In all the wrong places
In too many faces…

Miquel Batlle
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