Lee Roy Parnell

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Lee Roy Parnell (born December 21, 1956) is an American country music artist. Active since 1990, he has recorded eight studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (nowHot Country Songs) charts. His highest-charting hits are "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" (1992), "Tender Moment" (1993), and "A Little Bit of You" (1995), all of which peaked at #2. Four more of his singles have charted in the Top Ten as well. Besides his own work, Parnell has played slide guitar and National guitar on several other country recordings.


Parnell was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1956. His parents were friends of country superstar Bob Wills, and Parnell began his music career on Wills's local radio show at the age of six. During his teens, he played drums and guitar in some local bands, and he played in Kinky Friedman's Texas Jewboys band during the early 1970s. He continued to play in local clubs throughout Texas until 1987, when he moved to Nashville and became a regular performer at the Bluebird Café.


Lee Roy Parnell

Parnell released his self-titled debut album for Arista Records in 1990. This album produced three chart singles in "Crocodile Tears", "Oughta Be a Law" and "Family Tree", none of which charted in the Top 40 on the Billboard country charts. A video for "Mexican Money" was created and released, but the song was not released to radio.

Love Without Mercy

Following this album was his breakthrough release, 1992's Love Without Mercy. Although its lead-off single "The Rock" also fell short of Top 40, its next three singles all reached Top Ten: "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" at #2, the title track at #8, and finally "Tender Moment" also at #2. These three songs were all Top Ten hits on the RPM charts in Canada.

On the Road

1993's On the Road, his third album and final release for Arista proper also produced two top-10 hits: the title track and "I'm Holding My Own", at #6 and #3 respectively. The album also contained a #17-peaking rendition of the Hank Williams song "Take These Chains from My Heart", which Parnell recorded as a duet with Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, although Dunn was not credited on the charts. The final single from On the Road, "The Power of Love", peaked at #51.

We All Get Lucky Sometimes

His fourth album, 1995's We All Get Lucky Sometimes, was also his first for Career Records, then a newly-formed subsidiary of Arista Nashville. This album's lead-off single "A Little Bit of You" was the third single of his career to reach #2. Following it were the #12 "When a Woman Loves a Man" (featuring background vocals from Trisha Yearwood), the #3 "Heart's Desire" and another #12 in "Giving Water to a Drowning Man". The album's title track, which was its fifth single, peaked at #46.

Every Night's a Saturday Night and Hits and Highways Ahead

Every Night's a Saturday Night was his final release for Career Records. This was the first album of his career not to produce a Top Ten hit, and only three singles were released from it: "Lucky Me, Lucky You" at #35, "You Can't Get There From Here" at #39 (his final Top 40 hit), and "All That Matters Anymore" at #50. After Career Records was merged back into Arista Nashville, Parnell released his final album for the Arista label, 1999's Hits and Highways Ahead. This album's only single, "She Won't Be Lonely Long", peaked at #57, and by the year's end, he exited Arista's roster.

Tell the Truth and Back to the Well

Parnell signed to Vanguard Records in 2000, releasing the album Tell the Truth that year. This album's only single, "South by Southwest", failed to chart, and he soon left the label as well. His final album, Back to the Well, came in 2006 on Universal South Records, although it also produced only one non-charting single in "Daddies and Daughters."