January 28, 2017 Wookin’ Pa Nub

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Johnny Lee, Lookin’ For Love, Asylum 6E-309, 1980

It’s safe to call Johnny Lee a one hit wonder.  The title track of this album hit #5 on the charts thanks to it’s inclusion in the John Travolta movie Urban Cowboy.  It was the perfect country bar band song for a movie, and the female background singer did her level best to sound just like Stevie Nicks.  Outside of a follow up that peaked at #54, this was his only chart success.  It’s a very common tale, but unfortunately for most people, this song is known for something else.

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With the record still on the charts, Eddie Murphy did a parody of a mail order record commercial on Saturday Night Live.  “Buckwheat Sings” became an instant classic as Murphy stuttered his way though the hits of the day dressed like the Little Rascals character from the 30s.  “Lookin’ For Love” became “Wookin’ Pa Nub” and was born.

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Maybe Lee’s problem was that the Country Music community didn’t really appreciate being branded as the latest dance fad for the larger community.  A John Travolta movie didn’t help.  Lookin’ For Love sounded very Country on 1980 Pop radio, but very Pop on Country radio.  That’s never a good place to be for a recording artist, and Lee is still playing shows nightly in Branson.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $453 Remaining

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