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Dinah Lee - Don’t You Know Yockomo (1964)

(Johnny Vincent - Huey "Piano" Smith)
New Zealand New Zealand
3 NZ* #16 Sydney #1 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #3 Adelaide

NZ chart data by Warwick Freeman

Single on Viking (NZ), released in Australia on HMV.

This powerful, energetic singer, known as ‘The Dynamic’ Dinah Lee, (b. Diane Jacobs, 1943) was an admirer of Dee Dee Sharp and Millie Small. Her rocking versions of astutely chosen songs and her cutting-edge mod image made her extremely popular in New Zealand and Australia in the mid-1960s.

Dinah Lee also recorded Huey “Piano” Smith’s Don’t You Just Know It, also written by Vincent-Smith.

In 2006, inspired by her success in the ABC’s Long Way To The Top project, Dinah released Islands, a new album with Don’t You Know Yockomo updated.

Essential reading: Dinah Lee pages at Milesago, at Bruce Sergent’s NZ music site, and at AudioCulture.

Huey ‘Piano’ Smith - Don’t You Know Yockomo (1959)

(Johnny Vincent - Huey "Piano" Smith)
Original version

Recorded in New Orleans for the ACE label. The co-writer credit is to Johnny Vincent, founder of ACE Records.

Also recorded by: New Orleans rocker Frankie Forde; British singer Alma Cogan; German-based British beat band Casey Jones & the Governors; and by Montreal garage band Les Sexereenos.

Dee Dee Sharp - Don’t You Know Yockomo (1963)

(Johnny Vincent - Huey "Piano" Smith)
Influential version

On 1963 album Down Memory Lane on Cameo label.

This is the version that Dinah Lee was familiar with. Her version of Reet Petite was also inspired by a Dee Dee Sharp album track. (See Milesago’s Dinah Lee page.)

Dee Dee Sharp: singer from Philadelphia (b. 1945), real name Dione La Rue initially a back-up singer, heard with Chubby Checker on Slow Twistin’ (#3 USA, 1962). Married soul/disco producer Kenny Gamble of Gamble & Huff fame.

Further reading: Doug Fuhrmann, Dee Dee Sharp and a Different Day, [archived page].

Dinah Lee - Yockomo: The Stellar Mix (2006)

(Vincent - Smith)
Australia Australia
Later version

New “21st Century version” of Dinah’s 1964 hit, recorded for her Regal Records album Islands, released August 2006.

Thanks to Doug Jansen for clarification.