Expressing a raw and impulsive style of rock & roll, Henry Lee Summer taught himself guitar, piano, and drums by playing along with the best in country, R&B, rock & roll, and blues, always adding his own voice and style. Summer recorded his first single, "Sweet Love," in 1982 and put out three more original songs on various samplers. Majestic released his first full-length album, Stay With Me, in 1984. It sold over a half million copies and was followed by Time for Big Fun in 1986. CBS also released three albums of his during the '80s. Summer signed with Epic in 1987 and released a self-titled album in 1988, followed by two more albums every two years. Summer also spent much of the '80s behind the scenes of the music trade by acting as lighting director and stage manager for venues of 500 to 3,000 seats. This gave him the opportunity to be a support act for artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Money, Chicago, and Richard Marx.