October 27, 2012
Dickey Lee has had a number of distinct periods in his career. During the 1970s and early 1980s he placed 29 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Country Charts. He is probably best remembered for his 1960s pop hits of teen angst and death, “Patches” and “Laurie.” What many people forget is that he began his career as a rock and roller with the Sun label.
“Patches” reached the American top 10 in mid-1962. His follow-up hit was a return to his rock sound. “I Saw Linda Yesterday” was released during December of 1962 and reached number 14 on the BILLBOARD Pop Chart.
I have always liked his rockabilly style. “More Or Less” and “Party Doll” were the B sides of “Patches” and “Laurie” and were nice rockers in their own right.
Now in his mid-70s, he is still active as a songwriter and performer.
August 31, 2011
Dickey Lee has had three phases to his career. He is best remembered as a pop singer who produced such songs of anguish as “Patches” and “Laurie” during the early to mid-1960s. He would go on to become a country artist who charted 29 singles.
What people forget was he started as a rockabilly artist on the legendary Sun label, which was the home of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee lewis and others.
He signed with the label during 1957 and I’m sort of amazed he had a release issued as a 78. I am assuming it was also issued as a 45 as 78’s were on the way out at the time.
“Good Lovin'” did not receive any chart action and his time with Sun was brief. Still, it was a part of some of the best music of his career.
July 26, 2011
Dickey Lee began his career during 1957 as a rockabilly singer for the legendary Sun Label. He charted 29 country singles between 1971-1982. It was the time in between that made him a star and produced his most memorable song.
He released “Patches,” August 26, 1962. It became his biggest Pop hit reaching number eight on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It was a ballad about love and death that seemed to be popular during the early 1960s. It seems a little dated today but for better or worse, it remains one of the recognizable songs of the pre-Beatles era.