1966 was a good year for Lee Dorsey, as he had begun it with two Top 10 R&B hits (“Ride Your Pony” and “Get Out Of My Life, Woman”, both written by his collaborator Allen Toussaint). He continued to work with Toussaint, and later in the year released two more big Toussaint-penned hits. “Working In The Coalmine” got to #5 on the R&B chart and also broke through to the pop chart at #8. As his breakthrough pop hit, this song remains today the one tune he is best remembered for, and is typical Lee Dorsey with its funky groove and cool, conversational vocals. It was followed by another classic in “Holy Cow” (#10 R&B and #23 pop).
His third album came out later in the year, featuring both hits alongside some more brilliant funky New Orleans R&B, mostly written and arranged by Toussaint. He followed up on his chart successes with an international tour with The Meters.
Ride Your Pony (1966) <|> Yes We Can (1970)
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