Lee Dorsey had experienced a brief period of success in the early 60s as an R&B singer, with 1961's "Ya Ya" (#1 R&B, #7 Pop). However he had struggled to release a follow-up, and so returned to his car repair business.
It wasn't until 1965 that he recorded again. Songwriter-producer Allen Toussaint (who had helped Dorsey begin his recording career) returned from two years of military service, and was keen to resume work with him. He was signed to the Amy label, and the collaboration paid off when he took Toussaint's "Ride Your Pony" to #7 on the R&B chart. This was followed by a second Toussaint song in 1966, the oft-covered "Get Out Of My Life, Woman", which made it to #5. These songs took Dorsey's good-time New Orleans R&B into cooler, funkier territories where he was able to forge for himself a unique new sound (or rather Toussaint was able to forge him a new sound). An LP came out the same year, with both hit singles and a further eight Toussaint compositions.
Ya Ya (1962) <|> The New Lee Dorsey (1966)
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