[As requested, by Kerry]
It seems stupid to introduce Oliver Morgan with any other single than this one, even though most folks have probably already heard it.
'La La' was Prince La La [Lawerence Nelson], a friend of Morgan's who died too young....very likely of a drug overdose.
What's fascinating about the song is that Morgan took what was really just a very sad story and elevated it to a mythic level. La La suddenly becomes a legend along the same lines as Stagger Lee. In short, Morgan hits on something very old with this song.
Now, I know several folks are listed as co-writers of the song, including Eddie Bo, but Morgan always insisted that he wrote it....and I, for one, believe him. Perhaps Bo added a little something, but as far as I recall the other two 'co-writers' were DJ's. A common enough situation in the days of payola.