Leon Ashley – Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got), is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Leon Ashley. Recorded in 1967 and released on his own Ashley Records label, the song was his only No. 1 single that September. Frankie Laine and Brook Benton took cover versions to the pop and Adult Contemporary charts that year, while Claude King, Marty Robbins and Kenny Rogers charted their own versions on the country charts.
Ashley had previously released several singles on the Goldband and Imperial record labels, but none of his singles were successful. Then, in 1967, Ashley founded his own label, Ashley Records. That year, he recorded a song he co-wrote with his wife, Margie Singleton: “Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got).” Released that July, “Laura” went on to become a No. 1 smash on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart by the end of September.
Leon Ashley – Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)
From the album Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)
B-side “With the Help of the Wine”
Released July 1967
Songwriter(s) Leon Ashley, Margie Singleton
Producer(s) Leon Ashley