July 18

“Bet Your Heart on Me,” The Third of Johnny Lee’s Top Hits

"Bet Your Heart on Me," The Third of Johnny Lee's Top Hits 1
Johnny Lee | Photo credit: cdandlp.com

Johnny Lee is among the pioneers of classic country music starting from the late ’70s. His recordings started to dominate the top of the country chart at the beginning of the succeeding decade. As a matter of fact, Lee scored his first top country songs in 1980 alone. His Lookin’ for Love” became his breakthrough hit becoming his first No. 1 on the country music chart. That same year, his other record, “One in a Million,” also topped the chart making Lee an instant country hitmaker. Both songs have been recorded on his album Lookin’ for Love. Regaining his top-of-the-chart dominance, Lee’s single “Bet Your Heart on Me” climbed up to No. 1  prior to the end of 1981. This further cemented his reputation as a country music recording artist. In the years that follow, the singer went on to produce several Top 10 hits and another chart-topper, The Yellow Rose,” which he recorded with Lane Brody.

The Third No. 1 Song

“Bet Your Heart on Me”  is the lead single and title track of Johnny Lee’s album of the same title. The song was the only single from the album that was released in 1981. It peaked at No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on December 5 that year becoming Lee’s third top hit. Penned by Jim McBride, “Bet Your Heart on Me” enjoyed the chart’s summit for a week and its chart reign lasted for a total of ten weeks. It was also a minor crossover hit landing at No. 54 on the pop chart.

The song is a romantic country ballad wherein the narrator begs a woman to take a chance on him. Knowing that the lady had her heart broken after choosing another man, the singer assured her she won’t go through the same pain again with him. Thinking of the trauma that such failure had caused her, the protagonist tried to comfort and strengthen her feelings with the tender love that he has. And, betting her heart on the protagonist would make her a real winner. As he sings,

You can bet your heart on me
Honey, you can be a winner
Forget about the last time out
You were just a beginner
But don’t be afraid ’cause you’ve got it made
If you just let it be
So, lay your love down one more time
And bet your heart on me

Listen to Johnny Lee’s third No. 1 song below.

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