Lee Dorsey

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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... Read more

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soul
funk
new orleans
rhythm and blues
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