This was originally written by two school teachers, Wanda Mallette and Patti Ryan, about a classroom of second grade children. They sent the song to composer Bob Morrison who did a “high level editing job” on the track and started trying to find someone to record it. The song was rejected at least 23 times before record executive Irving Azoff had the nightclub singer at Gilliey’s club in Pasadena, Texas, Johnny Lee put it on the record.
Recorded in June 1980 by Johnny Lee and produced by John Boylan, for the Asylum label. This song catapulted the Texan Johnny Lee to fame, thus achieving his first number one on the country charts, staying three weeks in a row at number one. The song was included in Johnny Lee’s third album, Lookin’ for love (Asylum Records 1980) and in the soundtrack of the movie, Urban Cowboy (Full moon 1980), in which he also had a small role, along with the two protagonists, Jhon Travolta and Debra Winger. The song did not get good reviews from the critics, saying it was a pop song, in my opinion the song could be pop, but country pop (Urban Cowboy), but I think once again they were wrong, the song had great acceptance becoming a gold record when slling more than one million copies.
Mats Radberg 1980 ( Mariann Records )
Reg Lindsay 1981 ( Telmak Records )
Arne Benonisen 1983 ( Igloo Records )
Swayer Brown 2000 ( Curb Records )
J.C Lodge 2002 ( Jet Star Records ) Reggae version
Amber Gerard 2008 ( Wild Blue Country )