Ya Ya

Album: Ya Ya (1961)
Charted: 7

Songfacts®:

  • Although Lee Dorsay cut several records for local labels in the 1950s, success eluded him until 1961, when he ran into future New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint at a party. Toussaint convinced him to record for the New Orleans-based Fury label, and the first song Lee presented to him - fashioned after a children's rhyme he'd heard in the street - was "Ya Ya," which eventually became an international hit. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • In 1962, Petula Clark covered this as "Ya Ya Twist."

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 22nd 1961, Lee Dorsey performed "Ya-Ya" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Eleven days earlier on September 11th, 1961 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #95; and on October 30th, 1961 it peaked at #7 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    The week it peaked at #7 on the Top 100 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1961 and 1969 he had nine Top 100 records; with two making the Top 10, his other Top 10 record was "Working in the Coal Mine" {it peaked at #8 for 2 weeks on August 28th, 1966}...
    Irving Lee Dorsey passed away on December 1st, 1986 at the young age of 61...
    May he R.I.P.
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