He began his career as a boxer and fought quite successfully as a teenager under the name Kid Chocolate. After his military service, he returned to the ring and opened an auto repair shop at the same time in New Orleans.
One day he met the songwriter Allen Toussaint know. This convinced Dorsey of his abilities as a singer and composer. In April 1961, the first self-composed single Ya Ya, which was a hit immediately appeared.
After another successful single in 1962 Dorsey opened even a grocery store, published until 1967 many more plates and then retired from the music business.
It lists the listed in the Billboard charts title; Title - Catalogue no. - Year - placements in the charts
- Ya Ya - Fury 1054 - 1961 - U.S. # 7 - R & B chart # 1 - # 7 UK
- Do-Re -Mi - Fury 1056 - 1962 - U.S. # 27 - R & B chart position 22
- Ride Your Pony - Amy 927 - 1965 - U.S. # 28 - R & B charts Place 7
- Get Out Of My Life, Woman - Amy 945 - 1966 - U.S. 44th - R & B charts Place 5
- Working In The Coalmine - Amy 958 - 1966 - U.S. 8th place - R & B charts Place 5 - UK 8th place) with Walter Payton
- Holy Cow - Amy 965 - 1966 - U.S. # 23 - R & B charts # 10 - UK # 6
- Go-Go Girl - Amy 998 - 1967 - U.S. space 62 - R & B chart position 31
- Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky ( From Now On ) - Amy 11055-1969 - U.S. No. 95 - R & B charts # 33