1963 Dickey Lee – I Saw Linda Yesterday
Royden Dickey Lipscomb grew up in Memphis and began playing guitar in a band in high school. The band got a spot performing on a local radio station after winning a few talent shows. He began using the name Dickey Lee.
Disk jockey Dewey Phillips (who was the first to play an Elvis Presley single on the air) convinced Sun Records to sign Dickey to a contract and have him record some singles. When nothing came from that, Dickey moved to Texas where he played in another band and started writing Country songs.
In 1962, George Jones topped the Country chart with a song Dickey had written, She Thinks I Still Care. Later that year, Dickey recorded Patches, a teenage tragedy song written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber. The single peaked at #6 on the Hot 100.
Dickey and songwriter Allen Reynolds formed their own publishing and production company. They wrote I Saw Linda Yesterday, which became Dickey’s next single. The record peaked at #14 on the Hot 100 in 1963.
Dickey reached the top forty on the Hot 100 one last time in 1965. Ray Stevens arranged Laurie (Strange Things Happen) and the spooky single reached #14.
While Dickey had trouble reaching the pop charts again, he topped the Country chart in 1975 with Rocky. That song also became a top ten hit on the Hot 100 for Austin Roberts. Dickey had a few more top ten hits and a long string of minor hits on the Country chart in the seventies and early eighties.
Dickey also wrote several more Country songs that were successful for other artists.
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