‘Original Urban Cowboy’ to play free show in Claremore

The chart-topping, “Original Urban Cowboy” Johnny Lee is bringing his catalog of hits to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs for a free show on Feb. 26.

Lee will take the Dog Iron Saloon stage at 9 p.m., and will be followed by the Sarah Hughes Band. After his performance, Lee will give away an autographed guitar.

This Texas native rose to superstardom during the early ‘80s with his appearance in the 1980 hit movie “Urban Cowboy” and several chart-topping hits that followed, including the No. 1 country song of 1980, “Lookin’ for Love,” which Lee performed in the movie.

Lee began his music career in high school with his own rock ‘n’ roll band, Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners. After graduation, Lee joined the Navy and served a tour of duty on the USS Chicago. 

Once discharged, Lee returned to music, playing in Texas nightclubs and bars including Mickey Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas. It was in Gilley’s Club that Lee caught his big break when the club and Lee’s performances were featured in the movie “Urban Cowboy.”

Lee continued to top the country music charts with the No. 1 hits “One in a Million,” “Bet Your Heart on Me,” “The Yellow Rose” and “You Could Have Heard a Heartbreak.” His other chart-topping hits include “Cherokee Fiddle,” “Pickin’ Up Strangers,” “Prisoner of Hope,” “Sounds Like Love,” “Hey Bartender,” “Rollin’ Lonely” and “Save the Last Chance.”

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located three miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit www.cherokeestarrewards.comor call (918) 283-8800.