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John Conlee

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One of the most respected vocalists to emerge during the urban cowboy era, John Conlee was known for his superb taste in material and his distinctively melancholy voice. Conlee was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Versailles, KY, in 1946, and took up the guitar as a child, performing on local radio at age ten. He went on to sing with the town barbershop chorus, but didn't initially pursue music as a career, instead becoming a licensed mortician. He also worked as a disc jockey at numerous area radio stations, and made important industry connections via that area when he moved to Nashville in 1971. Five years later, Conlee's demo tape got him a contract with ABC. He released a few singles, but didn't find acceptance until 1978's "Rose Colored Glasses," a song he'd co-written with a newsman at his radio station, rocketed into the country Top Five. Conlee spent the next decade or so scoring hit after hit, nearly all of them helmed by producer Bud Logan. He had two number ones in 1979 alone -- "Lady Lay Down" and "Backside of Thirty" -- and four number two hits through 1981, which included "Before My Time," "Friday Night Blues," "She Can't Say That Anymore," and "Miss Emily's Picture." Conlee returned to the top of the charts three times over 1983-1984 with "Common Man," "I'm Only in It for the Love," and "In My Eyes," and had his last number one in 1986 with "Got My Heart Set on You." All told, Conlee made the Top Ten 19 times through 1987, when he moved from MCA to Columbia and reached the Top Five with "Domestic Life." Never much for touring, Conlee subsequently curtailed his recording activities as well, instead devoting his time to charity work (often on behalf of American farmers), raising his family, and running his own farm outside Nashville. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
John Conlee

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    Forever

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    Friday Night Blues

    10 songs

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    Rose Colored Glasses

    40 songs

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    Country Kings, Vol. 1: Conlee, Gilley, The Kendalls

    20 songs

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    Hopelessly Yours

    13 songs

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    Working Man: A Tribute to Rush

    16 songs

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    Country Heart

    15 songs

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    Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

    10 songs

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    Songs for the Working Man

    10 songs

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    Blue Highway

    10 songs

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    Fellow Travelers

    10 songs

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    American Faces

    10 songs

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    Harmony

    12 songs

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    Conley Country

    10 songs

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    In My Eyes

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    Busted

    10 songs

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    With Love

    8 songs

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    Forever

    8 songs

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    Old School

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    They Also Serve [DVD] [Single]

    18 songs

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    Live at Billy Bob's Texas


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