Little Bitty Pretty One

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"Little Bitty Pretty One"
Single by Thurston Harris and the Sharps
B-side "I Hope You Won't Hold It Against Me"
Released September 1957
Format 7", 10"
Length 2:22
Label Aladdin
Writer(s) Bobby Day

"Little Bitty Pretty One" is a rock and roll song written and originally recorded by Bobby Day, and popularized by Thurston Harris in 1957.[1] Produced by Aladdin Records (located in Los Angeles, CA), and featuring The Sharps on backing vocals,[2] Harris' version reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Best-Sellers chart and No. 2 on the R&B chart.[3]

Frankie Lymon recorded a version of the tune, reaching No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1960.[4] Clyde McPhatter returned the song to the top 40 in the US, when his version peaked at No. 25 on the Hot 100 in 1962.[5] Ten years later, the Jackson 5 covered the song for their album, Lookin' Through the Windows, and took the song to No. 13 on the Hot 100.[6][7] The Paramounts (later Procol Harum) made a powerful version of the song in 1964. The song was covered by The Doobie Brothers in 2004 on their Live at Wolf Trap album. Checkmates, Ltd. released a version of the song as part of a medley on their 1967 debut album, Live! At Caesar's Palace.[8]

Reception[edit]

Bryan Thomas writes that the song "has gone on to become one of the best loved oldies of the late '50s."[9]

"Wiggle, Wiggle"[edit]

"Little Bitty Pretty One" was the obvious inspiration for the Accents' sole hit "Wiggle Wiggle" in 1958, and though the similarities were evidently not sufficient to warrant a lawsuit, Aladdin took the expedient step of covering the song with a group called the Chestnuts.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Marsh, The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (Da Capo Press, 1999), 429.
  2. ^ The Lamplighters at Allmusic
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 246. 
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/302404/frankie-lymon/chart
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles (12th ed.). p. 645. 
  6. ^ Soulsation! (1995), liner notes
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles (12th ed.). p. 482. 
  8. ^ Checkmates, Ltd., Live! At Caesar's Palace Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, John Bush, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul (Backbeat Books, 2003), 297.
  10. ^ "The Great Doo Wop Vocal Groups....". Pinterest.