Poets and Prophets: A Salute to Legendary Songwriter Dickey Lee

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September 5, 2015 - Memphis native Dickey Lee released some of his earliest singles on Sam Phillips’s Sun record label, in 1957 and ’5 8. In the early 1960s Lee moved to Beaumont, Texas, to work with Sun alumnus “Cowboy” Jack Clement, who produced Lee’s Top Ten pop hit, “Patches.” Clement also published Lee’s first hit as a songwriter, “She Thinks I Still Care,” an instant classic, as recorded by George Jones. Lee arrived in Nashville in 1969 and had a number of country chart singles while writing songs for other artists. Lee wrote “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together” (George Strait), “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought about Leaving” (Reba McEntire), “The Door Is Always Open” (Dave & Sugar, Jamey Johnson), “In a Different Light” (Doug Stone), and “The Keeper of the Stars” (Tracy Byrd). Lee entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995. He performs briefly, and the interview is illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings.

Presented in support of the museum’s exhibition Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips.


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