Lee Dorsey

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: soul funk new orleans rhythm and blues 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Irving Lee Dorsey, 24 December 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 1 December 1986, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. An ex-boxer (nicknamed ‘Kid Chocolate’) turned singer, Dorsey first recorded for Joe Banashak’s Instant label. One song, ‘Lottie Mo’, became a regional hit and led to a contract with Fury. The infectious ‘Ya Ya’ (1961) was a number 1 US R&B and pop Top 10 single. A year later a version by Petula Clark, retitled ‘Ya Ya Twist’, made the US Top 10 and reached the UK Top 20. Dorsey’s next release ‘Do-Re-Mi’ (regularly performed by Georgie Fame and Dusty Springfield) was also a hit, although this time reaching no higher than 27 in the Billboard pop chart, and subsequent releases on Fury Records were less successful. His career stalled temporarily when Fury collapsed, but Dorsey re-emerged in 1965 with the classic ‘Ride Your Pony’ on the Amy label. Written by Allen Toussaint and...

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