|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||rockabilly 60s rock and roll 50s oldies lynchian male vocalists pop|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
Richard Lipscombe, 21 September 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Lee was a country singer and composer whose most recorded composition was She Thinks I Still Care, made famous by George Jones. At high school in Memphis, he sang rock n roll and recorded the Elvis Presley -influenced Dreamy Nights and Good Lovin with the Collegiates for the local Sun label. When producer Jack Clement left Sun to set up his own studio in Beaumont, Texas, Lee went with him. There he concentrated on pop material, releasing an unsuccessful revival of the 1953 hit tune Oh Mein Papa, before recording his biggest success, the million-selling Patches (1961). Produced by Clement, this lachrymose death-ballad was composed by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber. The follow-up, I Saw Linda Yesterday, was also a hit but Lees later teen-ballads made little impact until another song about a deceased girlfriend,...