Laurie (Strange Things Happen)

Album: Laurie and the Girl from Peyton Place (1965)
Charted: 14

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by psychologist Dr. Milton "Mitt" Addington and recorded as a single (TCF Hall 102) by Dickey Lee. The song was inspired by a story that ran in a Memphis newspaper in 1964, written by a 15-year-old girl named Cathie Harmon. Dr. Addington credited her and shared his royalties from the song with her.
  • The original article by Cathie Harmon was possibly inspired by the legend of Resurrection Mary, described as a shy young woman with very cold hands. A number of young men reportedly encountered her at dance parties in Chicago beginning in the 1930s. Escorted or given a ride home, she typically asks to be dropped off at Resurrection Cemetery on Archer Avenue, where she vanishes, asking her escort not to follow her. 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.
  • Radio stations like to program this during Halloween specials. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ekristheh - Halath, for all above

Comments: 5

  • Larry from Sacramento CaThis story was not that original. In my Spanish class in 1963 we had a reader called "Vente Cuentos del siglo XX" (Twenty stories from the 20th Century) - presumably well-known ones. One of them was this exact story. I am not saying that 15-year old girl plagerized the story - especially if she was not in advanced Spanish. It is a neat and touching story and could have been imagined by more than one person independently. (I'm kinda surprised I never saw it on Twilight Zone...)
  • Rocky from Fort Smith, ArThis song came out way before I was born. I first heard it at about 5 yrs old on a Halloween radio special. It creeped me out, but I loved it. Years later, I read a book on factual ghost encounters & I saw it in there. Thanks to "Edward of Henderson, NV" because I think the story in the book was on "The Vanishing Hitchhiker." Thanks to Dickey Lee for recording this song & bringing it into the music scene.
  • Rotunda from Tulsa, OkThis song was on the charts in 1965 when I was in high school. I liked it because it was spooky. My boyfriend in high school bought the record, but I didn't. Every record store I look in already sold out. Back then, I heard about the story even before I heard the record. I think I read it in a newspaper. Well, anyway these days my kids hear it on these Halloween radio shows & sometimes I even listen in too. It even brings back memories of 1965, like at the teen dance parties we used to have & when this record was played no one would dance to it. Too slow. Too spooky. But it's a good record.
  • Edward from Henderson, NvThis story is more familiar today, as the urban legend of "The Vanishing Hitchhiker."
  • Joel from Columbia, ScSurely this song had something to do with the movie. Jamie Lee Curtis played Laurie Strode and odd things did keep happening. LOL
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