The Nitty Gritty (song)

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"The Nitty Gritty"
Single by Shirley Ellis
Genre R&B, novelty
Label Congress
Writer(s) Lincoln Chase

"The Nitty Gritty" is a 1963 song written by Lincoln Chase and recorded by Shirley Ellis. Released by Congress Records, it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1964.[1]

Motown released a version of "The Nitty Gritty" by Gladys Knight & The Pips in mid-1969 on its Soul label. It went to #19 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #2 on its Soul chart.[2]

The "Nitty Gritty" guitar instrumental by Doug Sahm was a theme in the film Idiocracy.

A different song, "Nitty Gritty", was a single by Scottish rock band Primal Scream, released in October 2006. It was the third single lifted from the band's album Riot City Blues.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 205. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 330.