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Johnny Lee performs "Lookin' For Love"

Johnny Lee performs "Lookin' For Love"

"Lookin' for Love" is a song written by Wanda Mallette, Bob Morrison and Patti Ryan, and recorded by American country music singer Johnny Lee. It was released in June 1980 as part of the soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy, released that year. Marcy Levy was one of the female singers who provided backing vocals on the track.

Lee, whose biggest hit to date had been a 1977 cover of Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party", had previously been one of the main nightclub acts at Gilley's, a nightclub owned by country music superstar Mickey Gilley. Record executive Irving Azoff offered Lee the chance to record "Lookin' For Love",a song that 20-plus artists had rejected. 

Critics were not kind to Lee nor the song. Country music historian Bill Malone once noted that "Lookin' for Love" – in his words, a "lilting little pop song" – became the featured song of Urban Cowboy and a huge commercial hit largely because "actor John Travolta (the movie's co-star) expressed a liking for it."Critic Kurt Wolff panned the song as an example of "watered-down cowboy music."

Public reaction was much better. "Lookin' for Love" rose to No. 1 (for a three-week stay) on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and was a No. 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit as well. On the US Cash Box Top 100, the song spent two weeks at No. 4.The song is now recognized as a standard in country music, praised by country music fans and critics alike.

"Lookin' for Love" was certified gold for sales of 1 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Johnny Lee Lookin' For Love Lyrics

 

Well, I've spent a lifetime lookin' for you;

singles bars and good time lovers were never true.

Playin' a fools 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' their eyes and 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.

And I was alone then, no love in sight;

and I did ev'rything I could to get me though the night.

Don't know where it started or where it might end;

I turned 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' their eyes and 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.

Then you came a knockin' at my heart's door;

You're ev'ry thing I've been lookin' for. 

No more lookin' for love in all the wrong places,

Lookin' for love in too many faces,

searchin' their eyes and lookin' for traces

of what I'm dreamin' of.

Now that I've found a friend and a lover;

I bless the day that I discovered 

you, oh you; 

lookin' for love in all the wrong places,

Lookin' for love in too many faces,

searchin' their eyes and lookin' for traces

of what I'm dreamin' of.

Now that I've found a friend and a lover;

I bless the day that I discovered 

you, oh you; 

lookin' for love in all the wrong places,

Lookin' for love in too many faces,

searchin' their eyes and lookin' for traces

of what I'm dreamin' of.

Now that I've found a friend and a lover;

I bless the day that I discovered 

you, oh you; lookin' for love


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