Lee Dorsey – Four Corners

Regular viewers of the blog will be well aware of my fondness for the hammond organ. In fact, I could post a hammond track every week for 2 or 3 years as there are so many cracking tunes in my collection featuring the mighty hammond, but I’ll try to ration them as I don’t want to bore everyone!

This week’s selection may come as a bit of a surprise to those who don’t know the song. Lee Dorsey is well known for his quirky R&B tracks but few will be aware of his harder funk sound. This cut, taken from 1968 features both Allen Toussaint and The Meters laying down an instrumental groove as funky as anything The Meters or Eddie Bo could muster for themselves.

The song itself is split into 2 parts (as was common back in those days) but it’s part 2 that we feature here. The song references “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells (didn’t everyone back then??) and goes to show that Mr Dorsey wasn’t lying when he claimed “Everything I Do Gon’h Be Funky From Now On!”

Never a truer word spoken..

0 Replies to “Lee Dorsey – Four Corners”

  1. thedrumdoctor

    Was it definitely The Meters on this cut? Drumming sounds more ‘on’ the beat than Zig who is usually behind the beat. But if it is Zig, it’s a new discovery for me and I’d love to know for sure.

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi – thanks for your comment. There was an article in Record Collector a few years back that said The Meters provided the backing music for the track, alongside Toussaint. I know that the Neville Brothers definitely feature on it – as for Ziggy, I can’t say 100% for sure.

      Back in those days (especially in New Orleans) many different musicians dropped by during recordings and performed on them without ever getting the credit – heck some of the artists can’t even remember who played on all of their own songs!!

      So to answer your question – I believe Zig played on it but probably one of the few people to know for sure would be Toussaint, though I wouldn’t rule out that it was someone else playing skins who has never been credited,

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      • thedrumdoctor

        I agree, yes, it is more than likely Zig. It’s just a friend suggested it sounded like Clayton Fillyau which made me think about it as it’s hard to find credits on the Lee Dorsey reissues these days. In fact, he seems to be a very overlooked artist on the whole. My band cover a couple of his tracks, just to remind people of the great stuff out there that’s been near lost.

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