There was a new sound on the airwaves in the early 1970’s when a song called “Wanted Man” roared up the Australian Music Charts.
This was the opening salvo of an extraordinary career and the introduction to a singer/songwriter who would become the vanguard of the “New Country” crossover scene in Australia.
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 and song.”
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, recorded him and even took Lee to Gracelands to meet Elvis…unfortunately Elvis had left the building! It wasn’t long before Lee headlined the prestigious “international Festival of Country Music” at Wembly 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 definite highlight.
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.
He has been regarded as one of Australia’s most loved and respected country music artists and carved a special place in the hearts of all music fans.
These days Lee Conway is still doing what he does best – making music!