Saturday, October 06, 2012


There is a creepy song that we have been playing for Halloween called Laurie (Strange Things Happen). It starts out like one of my Mother's 45 records I spun as a kid, kind of doo woppy 50's rock. This song was sung by Dickey Lee in 1965 but was written by a psychologist named Milton Addington after reading an article in the Memphis newspaper. The article had been written by a 15 year old girl named Cathie Harmon, who Addington later shared song royalties with.

Here are the lyrics for the song:


Last night at the dance I met Laurie
So lovely and warm, an angel of a girl
Last night I fell in love with Laurie Strange things happen in this world
As I walked her home, she said it was her birthday
I pulled her close and said, "Will I see you anymore?"
Then suddenly she asked for my sweater And said that she was very, very cold
I kissed her goodnight at her door and started home
Then thought about my sweater and went right back instead
I knocked at her door and a man appeared
I told him why I'd come, then he said "You're wrong, son, you weren't with my daughter
How can you be so cruel to come to me this way?
My Laurie left this world on her birthday She died a year ago today"
A strange force drew me to the graveyard
I stood in the dark, I saw the shadows wave
And then I looked and saw my sweater
Lyin' there upon her grave
Strange things happen in this world

It is believed that Cathie Harmon's story was heavily influenced by the death mentioned above of Chicago native Marie Bregovy. Her story is the stuff of urban legend, forming the basis for Resurrection Mary. Since the 1930's there have been reports of young men picking up a lone quiet female hitchhiker who would ask to be dropped off outside the Resurrection Cemetery. In 1939 a man named Jerry Palus met her at the Liberty Grove dance hall and she told him her actual home address. Going there the following day, he found an older woman who verified that she had had such a daughter, who had died many years before. Her picture was identical to the girl Jerry had escorted to the graveyard. (c. Songfacts)

and because you can never say no to Robert Stack......................

Dickey Lee was not a stranger to songs with dark topics. In 1962 he released a song called Patches. This song was banned by many radio stations due to the song's content. I don't recall ever hearing this song so I went on-line to search it out. What I found is a clip of Dickey Lee singing Patches live in 1999. This is a strange performance - the chorus becomes a sing a long and you can see audience members brushing away tears!

I guess in addition to looking for Jack Kittel's Psycho on vinyl I now have to start looking for some Dickey Lee too!


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