Working in a Coal Mine (Lee Dorsey)

24 SEPTEMBER 1966


Lee Dorsey’s pickaxe-clinking single ‘Working in a Coal Mine’ was at its peak UK chart position of #8 during this week in 1966. It also reached #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #5 on the Billboard R&B chart. 

Dorsey had enjoyed only occasional chart success since his recording career had began back in 1959, and this enduring song was to be his biggest pop hit. 

B-side: 'Mexico'
Released: July 1966 
Highest chart position: #
Length: 2:42 
Label: Amy Records
Writer: Allen Toussaint
Producers: Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn

Working in a Coal Mine (Lee Dorsey)