Lee Dorsey is highly regarded in the annals of soul singers which have come out of New Orleans. Bursting upon the national charts in 1961 with his #1 hit “Ya Ya,” and subsequent songs, he was able to achieve success and recognition throughout the ‘60’s which has sustained his reputation.
An ex-boxer nicknamed Kid Chocolate turned singer, Dorsey first recorded for the Instant label. One song, Lottie Mo became a regional hit and led to a contract with the Fury label.. The infectious Ya Ya (1961) was a number 1 US R&B and pop Top 10 single. Dorsey's next release Do-Re-Mi 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 produced by Marshall Sehorn, this combination created a series of impeccable singles that blended crisp arrangements with the singer's easy delivery.