(Irvin) Lee Dorsey was born in New Orleans on December 24, 1926 (not 1924 as some sources claim).  After varied early experience (in the 1950's he worked as a prize fighter using the name "Kid Chocolate") he became a singer/songwriter.  His biggest hit, "Ya Ya" (released in September 1961) was reportedly inspired by a children's nursery tune; it was the no.1 R & B hit for one week and was no. 7 on the pop charts; it has since turned up on innumerable oldies collections.

Dorsey died of emphysema in New Orleans on December 1, 1986.  His grave lies in Restlawn Park in Avondale, LA; plot # G-6-28-3.



Bio and Gravesite photos courtesy of Peter Many, New Orleans, Louisiana


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