This Bitter Earth

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"This Bitter Earth" is a 1960 song made famous by rhythm and blues singer Dinah Washington.[1] Written and produced by Clyde Otis,[2][3] it topped the U.S. R&B charts for the week of 25 July 1960 and also reached #24 on the U.S. pop charts.[4] The song is a key piece in the 1977 film Killer of Sheep by director Charles Burnett.[5]

Other recordings[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Essential Dinah Washington - The Great Songs
  2. ^ Clyde Otis Music Group Beginnings
  3. ^ BMI entry from This Bitter Earth
  4. ^ a b The Marvels By Marv Goldberg, Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks, 2007
  5. ^ Killer of Sheep by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2007
  6. ^ Bradley Bambarger (March 12, 2010). "Shutter Island soundtrack casts eerie spell". New Jersey On-Line. 
Preceded by
"A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)" by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
July 25, 1960
Succeeded by
"A Woman, a Lover, a Friend" by Jackie Wilson