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 Banashaks 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. Dorseys 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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