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.
Released: July 1966
Highest chart position: #
Label: Amy Records
Writer: Allen Toussaint
Producers: Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn