"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.
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.
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.