Dickey Lee

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Dickey Lee
Birth nameRoyden Dickey Lipscomb
Born(1936-09-21) September 21, 1936 (age 76)
OriginMemphis, Tennessee
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1957-present
LabelsTampa Records, Sun Records, Smash Records, TCF Hall Records, RCA Victor Records, Mercury Records
 
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Dickey Lee
Birth nameRoyden Dickey Lipscomb
Born(1936-09-21) September 21, 1936 (age 76)
OriginMemphis, Tennessee
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1957-present
LabelsTampa Records, Sun Records, Smash Records, TCF Hall Records, RCA Victor Records, Mercury Records

Royden Dickey Lipscomb[1] (born 21 September 1936, Memphis, Tennessee), known professionally as Dickey Lee (sometimes misspelled Dickie Lee or Dicky Lee), is an American pop/country singer and songwriter, best known for the 1960s teenage tragedy songs "Patches" and "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)."

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Career

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 (covered by Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Leon Russell and later Anne Murray as "He Thinks I Still Care"). Later that year, "Patches," written by Barry Mann and Larry Kobler and recorded by Lee for Smash Records, rose to No. 6. The song tells in waltz-time the story of teenage lovers of different social classes whose parents forbid their love. The girl drowns herself in the "dirty old river." The singer concludes: "It may not be right, but I'll join you tonight/ Patches I'm coming to you." Because of the teen suicide theme, the song was banned by a number of radio stations. However, it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[2]

Lee had a No. 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.

After the 1960s, Lee devoted his efforts to country music performing and songwriting. His 1970s country hits as a singer include "Never Ending Song of Love," "Rocky" (another bitter-sweet song, written by Jay Stevens of Springfield, MO - a.k.a. Woody P. Snow), "Angels, Roses, and Rain," and "9,999,999 Tears." He also co-wrote several songs with Bob McDill, including "Someone Like You" (by Emmylou Harris) and "The Door is Always Open" (by several artists, most notably by Dave and Sugar).

He co-wrote the 1994 Tracy Byrd hit "The Keeper of the Stars," and has written or co-written songs for a number of other prominent country artists, including George Strait, Charley Pride, and Reba McEntire.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995. Lee is included as co-writer and singer on singer-songwriter Michael Saxell's 2005 album Wonky Windmill on the song "Two Men".

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US CountryUS
1962The Tale of Patches50Smash
1965Laurie and the Girl from Peyton PlaceTCF Hall
1971Never Ending Song of Love12RCA Victor
1972Ashes of Love16
Baby, Bye Bye
1973Crying Over You42
Sparklin' Brown Eyes
1975Rocky8
1976Angels, Roses and Rain27
1979Dickey LeeMercury
1980Again
1981Everybody Loves a Winner

Singles

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUSCAN CountryCAN
1962"Patches"

"More Or Less"

6The Tale of Patches
1963"I Saw Linda Yesterday"14singles only
"Don't Wanna Think About Paula"68
"I Go Lonely"
"Day the Sawmill Closed Down"104
1964"To the Aisle"
"Me and My Teardrops"
"Big Brother"

"She's Walking Away"

101
1965"Laurie (Strange Things Happen)"146Laurie And The Girl From Peyton Place
"Girl from Peyton Place"7323
1966"Good Girl Goin' Bad"singles only
"Good Guy"
1968"Red, Green, Yellow and Blue"107
1970"All Too Soon"
"Special"Never Ending Song of Love
1971"The Mahogany Pulpit"55
"Never Ending Song of Love"831
1972"I Saw My Lady"25Ashes of Love
"Ashes of Love"15
"Baby, Bye Bye"3115Baby, Bye Bye
1973"Crying Over You"43Crying Over You
"Put Me Down Softly"30Sparklin' Brown Eyes
"Sparklin' Brown Eyes"49
1974"I Use the Soap"46Rocky
"Give Me One Good Reason"90
"The Busiest Memory in Town"2215
1975"Door Is Always Open"
"Rocky"19
1976"Angels, Roses and Rain"91Angels, Roses and Rain
"Makin' Love Don't Always Make Love Grow"35
"9,999,999 Tears"352385
1977"If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody"2017singles only
"Virginia, How Far Will You Go"2212
"Peanut Butter"2139
1978"Love Is a Word"27
"My Heart Won't Cry Anymore"49
"It's Not Easy"58
1979"I'm Just a Heartache Away"58Dickey Lee
"He's an Old Rock 'N' Roller"94
1980"Don't Look Back"61
"Workin' My Way to Your Heart"30Again
"Lost in Love" (w/ Kathy Burdick)30
1981"Honky Tonk Hearts"37Everybody Loves a Winner
"I Wonder If I Care as Much"53
1982"Everybody Loves a Winner"56

Notes

  1. ^ "Lee's entry on the BMI database". Broadcast Music Incorporated. http://repertoire.bmi.com/writer.asp?blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&page=1&fromrow=1&torow=25&querytype=WriterID&keyid=197839&keyname=LIPSCOMB%20ROYDEN%20D&CAE=18211323&Affiliation=BMI. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 147–148. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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