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Dickey Lee

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Biography

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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Top Songs

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  1.  
    Lyrics
    I Saw Linda Yesterday
    Dickey Lee
    (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 --
    I Saw Linda Yesterday  -  20,263 plays
  2.  
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    Down by the river that flows by the coal yards.
    Stands wooden houses with shutters torn down
    There lives a girl everybody calls Patches
    Patches my darling of Old Shanty town
    We plan to marry when June brought the summer
    Patches  -  7,468 plays
  3. Laurie (Strange Things Happen)  -  3,645 plays
  4.  
    Lyrics
    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
    9,999,999 Tears  -  5,396 plays
  5.  
    Lyrics
    I've got a never ending love for you from now on that's all I wanna 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...
    After all this time of being alone
    We can love one another feel for each other from now on
    Never Ending Song Of Love  -  1,911 plays
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