Lee CONWAY (1982)
1940 – Born on March 10th
In the early 1970′s there was a
new sound on the airwaves when a song called “Wanted Man” roared
up the Australian Music Charts.
Lee’s ability to craft songs was
recognized by the Australian Federation of Broadcasters when his
original album ”Stories We Could Tell” won “Best Album, Single
The boy from the back streets of
Fitzroy was developing quite a reputation with his distinctive
voice and professionalism.
Touring nationally and
internationally become a way of life.
Jerry Lee Lewis regarded Lee as
his own personal discovery and recorded him. It wasn’t long
before Lee headlined the prestigious “international Festival of
Country Music” at Wembley together with Waylon Jennings, Loretta
Lyn, Bobby Bare and Rick Nelson. The charismatic style and
distinctive voice was applauded by British audiences and Lee was
presented with the “Most Promising Performer of Great Britain”
Award at the London Palladium.
Lee’s single “All I Want to Do
in Life” went #3 on the US and Canadian music charts with the
top places filled by the Johnny Cash classic “Ghost Riders in
the Sky” and “California” by Glenn Campbell – No mean feat for a
boy from Downunder!
Fame and success carry a high
price, management and personal problems threatened to topple his
career, so after representing Australia during the ANZAC
Festival in Japan Lee returned home to record the best selling ”
Big Iron” album. Headlining major country music festivals,
touring nationally and working on his 42′ boat gave Lee more
time to write, relax and record “Cowboys & Engines” but the
lovingly crafted album was never released after a major
management blunder and problems saw thousands of copies
warped and ruined!
It wasn’t too long before Lee
Conway was back in the limelight again. Hosting the nationally
and Internationally popular “Conway Country” television show.
Lee Conway has enjoyed many memorable
moments in his long career and being selected to perform at the
Royal Command Gala before H.M. Queen Elizabeth was a
Lee’s prolific songwriting
ability is not confined to country music, for many years Lee has
written and produced many Award winning television and radio
jingles. Teaming up with funny man Col Elliott to write and
record the comedy song “Gone Fishin” became one of the most
popular clips to be shown on CMTV.
1982 – Inducted into the Hands
He has been regarded as one
most loved and respected country music artists and carved a
special place in the hearts of all music fans.