John Conlee, an Enduring Country Music Legend
On August 11, 1946, one of
country’s greatest singers, John Conlee was born. He was raised on a farm in Versailles, Kentucky where he
plowed fields, harvested grain, raised hogs and tobacco. He spent his early
years learning to play a guitar and singing in a barbershop quartet as a tenor.
His music career didn’t take off until after he’d become a licensed mortician
and later a disc jockey at a radio station in Nashville.
With contacts he made in his radio career, including Bill "Hoss" Allen and John R, an R&B artist, his music career changed from being a hobby to an actual career. In 1978, he had his first hit, “Rose Colored Glasses”, which made it to number five on the U.S. country chart. It later became his signature song. He would always wear a pair of rose tinted glasses in his concerts and even made them into a concession item, selling them at his shows. At one of his concerts at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, he auctioned off his “rose colored glasses” to benefit the Lymphatic Research Foundation.
His first album included “Lady Lay Down” and “Backside of Thirty” which were his first number one hits. Those singles were followed by “Friday Night Blues,” “Common Man,” “She Can’t Say That Anymore,” and later with “What I Had with You.” Other hits include “I’m Only in it for the Love,” “In my Eyes,” “As Long as I’m Rocking with You,” “Domestic Life,” and “Mama’s Rockin Chair”. In 2005, he had another big hit with “Miss Emily’s Picture.”
In 1985, he performed at a benefit in Omaha, Nebraska for the National Farmers Organization to help save the family farm system. John was also one of the first to volunteer for Wille Nelson’s Farm Aid concerts. He has donated his talents for nine concerts which has raised over 13 million dollars.
He won the award for “Best Male Vocalist” in 1979 from the Academy Of Country Music and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1981. Throughout his career he has had only one manager Dave Roberts, and all of his records have been produced by Bud Logan.
You’ll find crowds enjoy going to a John Conlee concert. He appeals to those who have an appreciation for classic country music. Besides spending his time still doing concerts and entertaining at the Grand Ole Opry, he makes time for his love of farming. He has farms in Tennessee and Kentucky, raising cattle and hay. He will forever be known as a classic country singer with a voice you’ll recognize instantly.
Catch John Conlee live at Isle
of Capri Casino Hotel Lula Sunday, August 31 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are on sale
now for $25, call 1-800-THE-ISLE for ticket information. Reserved tickets can
be picked up at the hotel front desk from 2:00pm to 8:00pm on the day of the
show and you must be 21 to attend. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets