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Lee Greenwood (born October 27, 1942 in South Gate, California) is an American country pop singer and songwriter. He is best known for a string of Countrypolitan hits throughout the 1980s, as well as for his hit “God Bless the USA”.

Early life

After the separation of his parents, Lee grew up in Sacramento on the poultry farm of his grandparents. At the age of seven, he began playing the saxophone, and at the age of nine became a member of a dance ensemble. In 1969, he joined the Chester Smith Band and had his first television appearance. A short time later, he worked with the country musician Del Reeves.

He founded his first band, Apollo, in 1962. He briefly battled a cocaine addiction and moved to Iceland to go to rehab. The band, which changed its name later to Lee Greenwood Affair, played mostly pop music and appeared mostly in casinos in Las Vegas. A few records were recorded in Los Angeles with the Paramount label. After the band broke up in the 1970s, Greenwood moved back to Las Vegas, where he worked as a black jack dealer during the day, and as a singer at night.


Career

In 1979, he was discovered in Reno, Nev., by Larry McFaden, the bandleader and bassist of Mel Tillis. After making some demo tapes, Greenwood was signed in 1981 by the Nashville-based MCA label, and McFaden became his manager.

The first single, “It Turns Me Inside Out”, made it to a spot in the top 20 of the country charts. Greenwood had written this song for Kenny Rogers, but Rogers turned it down due to the sheer volume of songs he had been offered at the time. “Ring On Her Finger and Time on her Hands” landed him in the country top 10.

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  • deathstar461

    'Murica.... FUCK YEAH.

    3 Jul 4:29pm Reply
  • Taylorfanholly

    This song is one of the best I have ever heard. Have you ever gone to a wake for a veteran and listened to the tribute made by the VFW? My father, as a VFW Commander has to do it. And he uses this song in a singing teddy bear that I bought him. It sings this Anthem to our country and those who fought for our freedom. If you cannot respect this country, the song and the man who wrote this song from his heart then you stand up and leave.

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • diurnoculto

    It's funny how patriotism without perspective and national cynicism both can be so outrageously presumptuous. Didn't y'all see that Irishman playing President Lincoln? Let's bind up the nation's wounds already and stop cocking each other's pussies!

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Keep_it_West

    God bless the USA!

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Simlun

    god bles te husa lyke dis if u crai evrytim

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • krissyknox

    America, love it or leave it. I mean, sure, we need to try to work on fixing some things, and helping each other, but this is one of the best countries in the world. If not, why are there so many trying to get in? If you'd rather live in a communist or socialist country, go move there...

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • cadaver11

    Wow, he's fine. And his one hit wonder of a song is decent.

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • iixdotbe

    ♬ "And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.' ♬ Really? Well, here's your second chance. Pick up a gun and hop to it! Plane leaves from over there. What? Sorry, I couldn't hear you with all the flags flapping in my ears. What? What's that? Oh, you've got another gig in Branson?" - David Cross

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • danglingbaby

    One opinion of the best Lee Greenwood songs: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5631984/the_best_lee_greenwood_songs.html?cat=2

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • b1ackroses

    I saw this guy live once. On my high school football field. For free. ha.

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • FrancisTreptoe

    I masturbate to this man's patriotism.

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • roots-roy

    the Lord's Prayer is nice, but i don't like militarism....

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
  • YOMOTHAINLAW

    THE NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • YOMOTHAINLAW

    YES

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • 5thEye

    Lee Greenwood, damn you and your awful song.

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ilikefood777

    AMERICA LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT! NASCAR TITS AND BEER ARE ALL I NEED

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
  • MaximSagan

    I have never cringed so much in hearing one song.

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ByNumbers

    I would like to see America conserved with its freedoms, and I guess that makes me a conservative and not a liberal or progressive.

    6 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Xizer

    And I stand UP, next to YOU

    3 Jul 2008 Reply
  • missjeanette

    p.s. and why does his main picture kinda look like christian bale? weird...

    27 Jun 2008 Reply
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