“Lookin’ For Love”
Written by Wanda Mallette, Bob Morrison, and Patti Ryan
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
September 5 – September 19, 1980
#1 (3 weeks)
September 6 – September 20, 1980
Johnny Lee was born and raised in Texas, and had his own rock and roll band by the time he was in high school. After a stint in the military, he became a mainstay at Mickey Gilley’s night club, where Urban Cowboy was shot. By the time he contributed to the soundtrack, he’d had a few minor chart hits for an independent label, some of which would be re-released and do quite well in the wake of “Lookin’ For Love.”
There isn’t much to say about “Lookin’ For Love” beyond this: It’s got a great hook, Lee sings it competently, and its connection to Urban Cowboy was enough to make Johnny Lee an A-lister for a couple of years.
Lee doesn’t get in the way of the song, which works to his favor. A more distinctive stylist might have done too much with it and ruined its simplicity, which is the greatest strength of the song itself and the hit recording of it. It’s one of the defining records of this era, and its association with this particular phase of country music is honestly the most memorable thing about it.
We’ll see Lee again with his next single, as the momentum of this breakthrough hit was enough to make him a radio staple for a few years.
“Lookin’ For Love” gets a B.