February 13, 2005

Lee + Betty

Valentine's Day Duet

"Love Lots Of Lovin'" (Allen Toussaint)
Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris, Sansu, 1967

Loved letting you hear it

I’ve featured both Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris separately on HOTG; but here they are together for Valentine’s Day – and the subject is love. Both were being produced by Allen Toussaint at the time that this well-arranged, groovin’ duet was released on his Sansu label. Note how he works in not so subtle references to other singles: Harris’ “Nearer” and Dorsey’s “Holy Cow”. Since their voices work so well together, it’s too bad that this was their only pairing. I like the bongos, too.

(Larry Grogan reminds me in his comment to this post that the flip side of this single, "Take Care Of Our Love", is also a fine duet. Thanks. I forgot to mention that. The song is a ballad penned by Toussaint.

I also forgot to mention that "Love Lots of Lovin'" (and its flip) can be found on several CD compilations that I have listed over at Da Big Greasy Guide.)

Lot’s of lovin’ to my Valentine, Jeanne. And all the best of those rose colored glasses to you and yours.


Blogger Larry Grogan said...

Great record! The flip, 'Please Take Care of Out Love' is an excellent ballad.

8:53 AM, February 14, 2005  
Blogger rtr said...

Just happened across "Take Care of Our Love" -- liking it so much better than the A side -- Lee Dorsey's voice sounded tailor-made for a pained ballad.

8:21 AM, March 15, 2012  

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