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Dinah Lee - Reet Petite (1964)

(Berry Gordy - Tyran Carlo)
New Zealand New Zealand
#13 NZ #18 Sydney #6 Melbourne #21 Brisbane #18 Perth

NZ chart data by Warwick Freeman.

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

With Max Merritt & his Meteors.

Listen at YouTube

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.

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

Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet) (1957)

(Berry Gordy - Tyran Carlo)
Original version
#6 UK #8 Sydney

Reissued in 1987 with animated video clip: #1 UK, #42 Sydney, #11 Melbourne, #17 Brisbane, #1 Adelaide, #29 Perth.

Songwriters: Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, and Roquel "Billy" Davis using the pseudonym Tyran Carlo.

Dee Dee Sharp - Reet Petite (1963)

(Berry Gordy - Tyran Carlo)
Influential version

On 1963 Cameo album Do The Bird on Cameo label.

This is the version that Dinah Lee was familiar with: see Milesago’s Dinah Lee page. Her version of Don’t You Know Yockomo was also inspired by a Dee Dee Sharp album track.

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.

See 1999 interview with Dee Dee Sharp by Doug Fuhrmann at The Lively Set.