July 20, 2019

Johnny Lee Asks Fans of Country Music for Prayers before Undergoing Multiple Brain Surgeries

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The singer pleads for good wishes after revealing he has Parkinson’s disease and is set for two subsequent brain surgeries.

A trip in time to 1980 would remind country music fans of the mega song by Johnny Lee, Looking for Love, which set the airwaves on fire.

The musician who has thrilled fans for decades has been described as one of the best of his time, setting records and topping charts.


However, now at 73 years of age, Johnny is not as buoyant as he once was particularly considering his health status, and as seen from his social media page, he is to undergo a twin brain surgery very soon. 

Johnny wrote on his Facebook:

“August 7th, I’m having brain surgery in Houston because of my Parkinson’s disease. It will help me walk better. August 21st will be the 2nd part of my brain surgery. I will then go back two weeks later and get a battery put in. I’m doing this all because I’m having problems walking. I will be fine.”


In addition to the previous statement, Johnny told fans to pray for him. In his words; “I’m asking for prayers.” He subsequently ended the post with a statement saying that he received his talent (singing) from God and planned to use it until he dies.

Of course, admirers trooped in with their kind words to sympathize with Johnny and also wish him well. A Facebook commenter, Jeanette Braun Brown wrote;

“Prayers for healing and prayers for your doctors and those tending to you. May God’s Amazing Grace strengthen and sustain you that you may come back stronger. My husband has Parkinson’s that affects his thinking process. God is good ALL THE TIME.”



Johnny, who is a native of Alta Loma, Texas, was born on the 3rd of July 1946. He started his journey into music from his high school.


Then, he ran a rock n’ roll band named Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners. Subsequent years saw him enlisting in the navy after which he was discharged and returned to making music as a career.


For a while, he played cover tunes in nightclubs in Texas and later went ahead to work with Mickey Gilley. He had his major breakthrough in 1980 with his song Looking for Love which spent three weeks on the Billboard country singles chart.

He was married twice. First, in 1992 to actress, Charlene Tilton and following his separation from her, he married Deborah Spohr Lee, who is now late.

His first child is named Cherish, and he had her with his first wife. He also had another child, a son named Johnny Lee Jr. with his second wife. Johnny Lee Jr. died in 2014 due to a drug overdose.