Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Little Rodger Hatcher (Dotty's 346)

Little Rodger Hatcher

Dotty's D-346

Dotty's Record Co.
5725 14th Detroit, Michigan

17795 - I Need You
17796 - Party Over Yonder

Both sides wr. C. Marshall-R.Hatcher, Snowdrift BMI

Produced by C. Marshall
Arranged by J. Britten

Dotty's label was owned by Clifford « Sonny » Marshal (he owned also the Star Track, and Whip labels).
"All three went under very suddenly when the police came and shut down the whole operation and carted Mr. Marshall off to jail in the summer of 1968 on charges of drug trafficking. The government got the building and everything in it--tapes, records, equipment, all of it".

Roger Hatcher, born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1946 , is the brother of Willie Hatcher (Excello, Columbia and Scepter) and cousin to Charles Hatcher (aka Edwin Starr (Ric-Tic, Gordy).

From the Roger Hatcher bio at WHYfame :
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.[...]

D.J. copy of Dotty's 346
(different pressing)


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