John Conlee to play Schroeder Dance Hall

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 18, 2014 at 1:18 a.m.

John Conlee to perform Saturday at Schroeder Dance Hall.

John Conlee to perform Saturday at Schroeder Dance Hall.

Grand Ole Opry star and country music legend John Conlee brings an evening of classic country to Schroeder Dance Hall on Saturday.

More than three decades since his first No. 1 hit, "Rose Colored Glasses," Conlee's music has been covered by LeAnn Rimes and played across the world.

At the time, he worked for Nashville AM powerhouse WLAC. Conlee, now 67, attributes that career move for pushing him into the Nashville scene, and music would have remained a hobby rather than a lifestyle.

When the song hit the charts, he jumped off the radio as a disc jockey and moved on as a touring singer. Since then, Conlee has made the glasses a trademark in more ways than one, including wearing a pair of rose-tinted glasses during his concert appearances.

Although he says he has lost count of how many pairs he's worn over the years, he still remembers the "official pair" he bought when the song first hit.

"I wore those for a couple of years but thought that something might happen to them - I could lose them; they could break or something," Conlee said in a news release. "So, I put them in the safe, and we got some more."

The success of that song led to a decade of hits, including "Miss Emily's Picture" and "Old School."

Conlee and his producer tried hard not to "put any filler" on the albums and carefully chose each song. It's a practice they still do.

"I don't go to the studio with songs I don't truly love," Conlee said in the news release. "It was frustrating with every album that there were one or two songs I wanted to get to as singles, but we never could."

His goal, which was never accomplished, was to have five singles, and the other sides be the B-sides.

Conlee can still be seen on the road and at the Grand Ole Opry, where he has been a member since 1981.

As for retirement, it's not something within the sights of his rose-colored glasses.



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