Lee Greenwood At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
Best known for his song “God Bless the USA,” country/pop artist Lee Greenwood was born in Los Angeles, California in 1942. At seven years old, he began singing in church and playing the piano and the saxophone. When he was nine, he became the member of a dance ensemble and, in 1962, he formed his first band, The Apollos. The band later changed its name to the Lee Greenwood Affair and mostly played pop music. The band played in casinos in Las Vegas before they disbanded in the 70s. In 1969, Greenwood joined the Chester Smith Band, where he had his first TV appearance. Shortly after, he began working with Del Reeves. In 1979, he was discovered by Larry McFaden, the bandleader and bassist of Mel Tillis, and was signed by MCA in Nashville in ’81 with McFaden as his manager.