Thurston Harris

This person, I guess was the “One-Hit” type, but a good R&B singer who took Bobby Day‘s original song “Little Bitty Pretty One”  to #6 in 1957.

Thurston Harris
(July 11, 1931 – April 14, 1990)

1.  Little Bitty Pretty One/ Aladdin 3398/ October 1957/ #6 (also recorded by Bobby Day)

2. Over and Over/ Aladdin/ 1958/ another Bobby Day song, except Bobby Day outsold him because it was a double sided hit with Rockin’ Robin.

Thurston Harris recorded with the Lamplighters, one of the many groups on the early R&B scene in South Central Los Angeles, in the early 1950s. The group later evolved into the Tenderfoots, then the Sharps, and it was under this last name they were credited to when they backed up Harris on his most famous hit, 1957’s “Little Bitty Pretty One” (#2 R&B and #6 pop) for Aladdin.

In 1957, while signed as a solo artist to Aladdin, Harris recorded a cover of Bobby Day’s classic novelty number, with a solid band featuring the ubiquitous Earl Palmer on drums and his friends in the Sharps doing background vocals. The single propelled Harris immediately to the front-ranks of the R&B scene.

In 1958, Harris scored a Top 20 R&B hit with “Do What You Did,” but he failed to have any chart success afterwards.

In 1990, Thurston Harris died of a heart attack in Pomona, CA, at age 58. “Little Bitty Pretty One” has gone on to become one of the best-loved oldies of the late 1950s.



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  1. Pingback: Bobby Day – One Hit Wonder? | Russ & Gary's "The Best Years of Music"

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