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Roger Hatcher

Roger Hatcher's biggest claim to fame is being a cousin to Edwin Starr (aka Charles Hatcher). Unfortunately, Hatcher's success hasn't come close to Edwin's. A prolific songwriter, Roger has written more than 1,000 songs. His two biggest successes were an album cut by the Dramatics of his "I Dedicate My Life to You," and Clarence Carter's rendition of "I Got Caught," a deep soul classic. Clarence added a rap and scored on the R&B charts with the Hatcher song. Roger Hatcher was born in Birmingham, AL, in 1946. His two older brothers, Will and Roosevelt, inspired him musically -- Will played sax and Roosevelt sang. Hatcher wrote his first song, "I Need Someone," at Hayes High in Birmingham, where he would develop tunes on the piano in the music room. Hatcher had no formal training and played by ear.

He moved to Detroit in 1964 and signed with Dotty's Records. Two singles were released: "Get a Hold of Yourself" and "Party Over Yonder." The 45s are listed as by "Little Roger Hatcher." The flop of both singles sent him traveling to Nashville, where he secured a contract with Excello Records recording "I Dedicate My Song to You," released in 1968. The flip side, "The Sweetest Girl in the World," gained some recognition in Britain, but neither it, nor the A-side, did much in the States. Disappointed, Hatcher moved on and connected with Don Davis, who had previously recorded Hatcher's "Girl Come on Home" on Major Lance for Volt Records. Davis liked Hatcher's songs and signed him to Volt. The first recording was remaking "I Dedicate My Love to You" into "I Dedicate My Life to You." Stax released it on its Volt label in 1972. Davis was working with the Dramatics at the time and had Hatcher's song killed, then had it cut by the Dramatics and placed on their Dramatically Yours LP. This didn't please Hatcher and he and Davis became bitter enemies for years.

Lightning struck twice in 1973 when Hatcher, now living in Cleveland, OH, cut "Caught Making Love" on his own Black Soul label. Hatcher shopped it to all the majors to no avail, so he pressed up some more copies and sold them himself, at which time, Mickey Eichner of Columbia Records picked it up and released it on Columbia in 1974. Hatcher's version was risqué, to say the least, particulary for the mid-'70s. Halfway through Hatcher's record was a recording of Virginia Davis having an orgasm. Many stations banned the record, killing its chance for wider exposure. Clarence Carter heard it, added a rap, took out the woman's voice, and got a release on ABC Records in 1975. The song became a deep soul hit.

Hatcher went on to many other projects. The Platters, led by Clevelander Sonny Turner, recorded his "Get a Hold of Yourself in 1986; Deluxe Records released it in England. Based in Cleveland, Hatcher recorded singles on his own Super Bad label but all failed to score. Mysteriously, an unauthorized album was released in England of Hatcher's songs that he didn't find out about until British collectors bugged him for a copy. All the tracks were by Hatcher except two. In 1987, he moved to Los Angeles, where he still lives, records, and shops his demo tapes. An authorized Roger Hatcher album was released in Japan entitled The Best of Roger Hatcher. Britain's Expansion Records released The Roger Hatcher Collection on CD. It's worth a hear-see. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Track List: The Complete Stax - Volt Singles: 1972-1975, Volume 3 [10 Disc]

Disc 1

1. Yum Yum Yum (I Want Some)

2. Carry On

3. Do Your Thing

4. I've Been Lonely For So Long

5. Nothing Is Everlasting

6. Hearsay

7. Angel Of Mercy

8. In The Rain

9. She's My Old Lady Too

10. Explain It To Her Mama

11. Right On

13. My Honey And Me

15. Bring It Home (And Give It To Me)

16. Look Around You

17. Don't Do It/I'm With You

18. I'll Take You There

19. Which Way

20. Living A Life Without Love

21. What's Good For You (Don't Have To Be Good To You)

22. Let Me Repair Your Heart

24. I Wanna Make Up (Before We Break Up)

Disc 2

1. Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)

2. Walking The Back Streets And Crying

3. Save Us

4. 6-3-8

5. Starting All Over Again

6. Keep On Loving Me

7. I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over

9. I Could Never Be Happy

10. Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness

12. I Dedicate My Life To You

13. Do The Sweetback

14. Gettin' Funky 'round Here

15. When The Chips Are Down

16. Sugar

17. You're Good Enough (To Be My Baby)

18. This World

19. Helping Man

20. Ain't I Good?

Disc 3

2. Dedicated To The One I Love

3. Toast To The Fool

4. Stop Doggin' Me

5. Trouble

6. I'm Gonna Cry A River

8. What Would I Do

10. Holy Cow

11. What Goes Around (Must Come Around)

13. Endlessly

14. You Hurt Me For The Last Time

16. Breaking Up Somebody's Home

17. How Can You Mistreat The One You Love

18. From Toys To Boys

20. I May Not Be All You Want (But I'm All You Got)

21. Ain't No Sweat

22. Do Me

23. Rainy Day

Disc 4

1. It Ain't Always What You Do (It's Who You Let See You Do It)

2. I May Not Be What You Want

5. Oh La De Da

6. What Do You See In Her?

7. A Thousand Miles Away

9. Rolling Down A Mountainside

10. You're Still My Brother

11. Stop Half Loving These Women

12. Lovin' On Borrowed Time

13. Lay Your Loving On Me

14. The Time

15. Heaven Knows

16. I Believe In You (You Believe In Me)

17. Short Stopping

18. Be What You Are

19. I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby

20. Playing On Me

21. Long As You're The One Somebody In The World

Disc 5

1. This Is My Song Of Love To You

3. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing

4. Baby, Lay Your Head Down (Gently On My Bed)

5. Check Me Out

6. Runnin' Back (And Forth)

7. Crossing Over The Bridge

8. Love's Maze

9. It Ain't Easy

10. Love Among People

11. What It Is

12. I've Got To Go On Without You

13. Love Is Taking Over

14. Ruby Dean

15. I'm So Glad I Fell In Love With You

16. Fell For You

17. Cheaper To Keep Her

18. I Know You Don't Want Me No More

19. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)

20. Slipped And Tripped

21. Peace Be Still

22. I'll Be The Other Woman

Disc 6

1. The Martian Hop

2. I Had A Talk With My Man

3. At Last

5. Good Woman Turning Bad

8. I Wanna Do Things For You

9. That's What The Blues Is All About

10. One Way Love Affair

11. Tin Pan Alley

12. The Funky Bird

13. We're Getting Careless With Our Love

15. Season's Greetings

16. Don't Lose Faith In Me Lord

17. Don't Start Loving Me (If You're Gonna Stop)

18. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend

19. And I Panicked

Disc 7

1. Gettin' What You Want (Losin' What You Got)

2. He's Mine

3. My Woman Is Good To Me

4. I Got You And I'm Glad

5. Put A Little Love Away

6. Suzy

7. The Same Folks

8. You Make The Sunshine

9. The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy

11. Wonderful

12. Behind Closed Doors

13. Guess Who

14. Dirty Tricks

16. Talking To The People

17. I've Been Born Again

18. Neckbone

19. Wounded Woman

20. Stop Doggin' Me

21. Goodness Gracious

Disc 8

1. City In The Sky

2. Title Theme

3. Soul Street

4. Flat Tire

5. Love Makes It Right

6. Mr. Cool That Ain't Cool

9. Get It While It's Hot

10. Passing Thru

11. Keep And Eye On Your Close Friends

12. My Main Man/There Is A God

13. That's The Way I Want To Live My Life

14. Forever And A Day

15. Baby, I'm Through

16. It's September

17. Woman To Woman

19. You Need A Friend Like Mine

20. I Love, I Love

21. Let Me Back In

Disc 9

1. Crosscut Saw

3. Bump Meat

4. (Too Little In Common To Be Lovers) Too Much Going To Say Goodbye

7. Who Made The Man

8. I Keep Thinking To Myself

9. I Got A Reason To Smile (Cause I Got You)

10. Try To Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can't Do It)

11. Burning On Both Ends

12. There Are More Questions Than Answers

14. I Can't Let You Go

15. I Betcha Didn't Know That

16. Lovin' You, Lovin' Me

17. Do The Double Bump

18. Come And Get Your Love

20. It Ain't No Fun

21. If You Talk In Your Sleep

22. Talk To The Man

Disc 10

1. You're Astounding

2. Dy-No-Mite (Did You Say My Love)

4. Come What May

5. Try Me Tonight

6. Groovin' On My Baby's Love

7. I Can't Shake Your Love (Can't Shake You Loose)

8. I Wanna Play With You

9. I'm Doing Fine

10. No Way (I Can Live Without You)

11. Back Road Into Town

12. I'm So Glad I Met You

13. Packed Up And Took My Mind

15. How Can I Be A Witness

17. I Got To Be Myself

18. It's Worth A Whippin'

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