One of my favorite favorites is Smokey's "Agony and Ecstasy" (Motowm, 1975).
Today, I came across another one of his singles I had not known of for the longest time. "Daylight and Darkness" was released in 1978 and has a strong jazzy appeal.
P.S.: Well, after listening to Percy Sledge's version of "When She Touches Me" post last week, I decided to indulge in some more of his wonderful tenor and let my heart melt away -- just like back then when I first heard him. First loves never die.
Percy Sledge possesses one of the creamiest voices, I've ever heard. True, it was his unique sweet tenor, that made him famous. But Percy's tenor has absolutely no sharp edges to it. On the contrary, it is still soft and creamy even when it soars as in When A Man Loves Womanor It Tears Me Up. And that is Percy's trademark.
I think everyone is familiar with Percy's When A Man Loves A Woman, therefore I'm going to post two other favorites of mine.
Out Of Left Field
Warm And Tender Love
Okay -- because it is sweet ol' Percy, I add another track that is very, very close to my heart.
" ... you're gone
But your goodness stays on
And I thank you
For These precious memories ..."
(Just substitute the three dots with whomever you are thinking about when you hear these words, and you get your very personal version of the song.)
Lee Dorsey’s better known work is without a doubt the material he released for the Amy label in the 60’s. Everybody knows his “Working In a Coalmine,” that much is for sure. I myself love his early 60’s “Ya Ya” and the 1965 single “Get Out Of My Life, Woman.” But that was all that sprang to mind when I heard his name — which is, I admit it, a crying shame.
Lee Dorsey was born in New Orleans on christmas eve 1924 but moved to Portland, Oregon as a child. Before meeting Allen Toussaint, who became his producer and had him signed to the Fury label, Lee had already served in the US Navy and, as Kid Chocolate, had established a successful career in boxing.
“Ya Ya,” his first recording, went straight to # 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. As so often in music history, the label folded, and Lee, a golden disc in the pocket, returned to his mundane job as an auto mechanic.
When Allen Toussaint began to work with him again on the Amy label, Lee had a string of Hot 100 songs, including “Working In The Coal Mine” in 1966, his second top ten title.
Toussaint and Dorsey continued their collaboration and released two more albums. “Yes We Can” for the Polydor label in 1970 and “Night People” in 1978. These albums have been reissued on one disc by the Australian Raven label.
The backing band, by the way, on these albums was The Meters.