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Dickey Lee

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Dickey Lee Lipscomb (born September 21, 1936, Memphis, Tennessee), known professionally as Dickey Lee (sometimes misspelled Dickie Lee), is an American pop/country singer and songwriter best known for the 1960s teenage tragedy songs "Patches" and "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)." For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... A piece of fabric. ... Lee made his first recordings in his hometown of Memphis for Tampa Records and Sun Records in 1957-58. He achieved his first chart success in 1962, when his composition "She Thinks I Still Care" was a hit for George Jones. Later that year, "Patches," written by Barry Mann and Larry Kobler and recorded by Lee for Smash Records, rose to #6. Lee had a #14 hit in 1963 with a song he co-wrote, a conventional rocker, "I Saw Linda Yesterday." In 1965, he returned to teen tragedy with "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)" a song related to the urban legends known as the vanishing hitchhiker and Resurrection Mary . The song was written by a Memphis psychologist, Milton Addington, based on a newspaper article by Cathie Harmon, who shared songwriting credit. The singer meets a girl at a dance and falls in love with her. He loans her his sweater, and when he goes to her house to retrieve it, he is informed by her father that Laurie "died a year ago today." When a "strange force" draws the singer to the graveyard, he sees his sweater lying on Laurie's grave. The song made only #14 on the national charts, but broke the top ten in a number of regional markets. To many, "Laurie" is still remembered as "the sweater song." An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... The vanishing hitchhiker (or phantom hitchhiker) is a reported phenomenon in which people travelling by vehicle meet with or are accompanied by a hitchhiker who subsequently vanishes without explanation, often from a moving vehicle. ... Resurrection Mary is a famous ghost story and is considered by many to be the original hitchhiker ghost story. ...


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    Hey, hey, hey, hey-ay, hey, hey, hey, hey-ay
    Nights didn't seem so long no more
    Ain't one man like it was before
    Just when I thought I was really okay
    I saw Linda yesterday
    I Saw Linda Yesterday  -  18,863 plays
    I was born and raised down in Alabama
    On a farm way back up in the woods
    I was so ragged that folks used to call me Patches
    Papa used to tease me about it
    'Cause deep down inside he was hurt
    Patches  -  6,592 plays
  3. Laurie (Strange Things Happen)  -  3,314 plays
    Got nine million nine hundred ninety nine thousand nine hundred ninety nine tears to go
    And then I don't know if I'll be over you
    The sun didn't shine this morning it's been raining the whole day through
    Suddenly without warning you found somebody new
    That's when the first tear came falling from my eyes
    9,999,999 Tears  -  5,046 plays
    I've got a never ending love for you
    From now on, that's all I want to do
    From the first time we met
    I knew I'd have a never ending love for you
    I've got a never ending love for you
    Never Ending Song Of Love  -  1,840 plays
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