NZ chart data by Warwick Freeman
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.
Recorded in New Orleans for the ACE label. The co-writer credit is to Johnny Vincent, founder of ACE Records.
On 1963 album Down Memory Lane on Cameo label.
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].
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.