Lee Roy Parnell
Written by Cris Moore and Lee Roy Parnell
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 19, 1996
Lee Roy Parnell’s most recent No. 1 hit was radio’s purest showcase of his talent.
The Road to No. 1
After “A Little Bit of You” went to No. 1, “When a Woman Loves a Man” went top fifteen. Parnell then released his biggest hit to date.
The No. 1
“Heart’s Desire” is as close to Lee Roy Parnell without the sanded down edges as country radio ever played.
It’s a simple enough love song, covering lyrical ground that is overly familiar for Parnell. What makes this one shine brighter is the presentation. His vocal is raw, the backing band is roadhouse ready, and as always, his slide guitar is beyond reproach.
At the time, it felt like his long overdue breakthrough hit, pushing him to the highest album sales of his career and his only appearance on the Billboard 200.
It ended up being his last top ten hit, which is a real shame.
The Road From No. 1
Parnell kept the groove going with “Givin’ Water to a Drownin’ Man,” which became his final top fifteen hit. His final album for Arista/Career was released in 1997. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright produced two top forty hits: “Lucky Me, Lucky You” and “You Can’t Get There From Here.” A hits collection followed in 1999. Parnell has released several independent albums in the new century, most recently Midnight Believer in 2017. He continues to play on the road, particularly across Texas.
“Heart’s Desire” gets a B+.
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