72 Original Hits ! I’ll admit this album didn’t suck but it wasn’t keeper material either. I liked the genre better but the quality and the mix was not great. Let’s pick two of the artists and work with them a bit. Percy Sledge ~ When A Man Loves A Woman ~ and Lee Dorsey ~ Ya Ya.
Percy Sledge (born November 25, 1941, Leighton, Alabama) is an American R&B and soul performer who recorded the hit “When a Man Loves a Woman” in 1966. Sledge was an inaugural Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award honoree in 1989. He won the W.C. Handy Blues Awards in 1996 for best Soul/Blues album of the year with his recordBlue Night. In 2005, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2007, Percy Sledge was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to the state’s music. Sledge is also an inductee of the Delta Music Museum in Ferriday, Louisiana. In November 2004, Percy Sledge was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall Of Fame.
This video is awesome.
Lee Dorsey (December 24, 1924 – December 2, 1986) was an African American pop/R&B singer during the 1960s. Much of his work wasproduced by Allen Toussaint with instrumental backing provided by the Meters. Born Irving Lee Dorsey in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dorsey moved to Portland, Oregon when he was ten years old. He served in the United States Navy and began a career in prizefighting. Boxing as a light heavyweight in Portland in the early 1950s, he fought under the name “Kid Chocolate” and was quite successful. Dorsey met songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint at a party in the early 1960s, and was signed to the Fury record label. The song that launched his career was inspired by a group of children chanting nursery rhymes – “Ya Ya” went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He recorded other songs for Fury before the label folded, and Dorsey went back to his car repair business. Toussaint later came back on the Amy label and began to work with Dorsey once again. From 1965 to 1969 Dorsey put seven songs in the Hot 100, the most successful of which was “Working in the Coal Mine” in 1966. It was to be his second and last Top Ten song. In 1970 Dorsey and Toussaint collaborated on an album entitled Yes We Can; the title song was Dorsey’s last entry in the singles chart. It was later a hit for the Pointer Sisters under the title, “Yes We Can Can“.
This is an adorable 60s dance video to YA YA.
- Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” Gets A Little Too Close To “The Talk” For Comfort (blogs.villagevoice.com)