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