Little Bitty Pretty One

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"Little Bitty Pretty One"
Single by Thurston Harris and the Sharps
Genre Doo Wop
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]

Clyde McPhatter returned the song to the top 40 in the US, when his version peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962.[4] 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.[5][6] The Paramounts (later Procol Harum) made a powerful version of the song in 1964.


Bryan Thomas writes that the song "has gone on to become one of the best loved oldies of the late '50s."[7]


  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. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles (12th ed.). p. 645. 
  5. ^ Soulsation! (1995), liner notes
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles (12th ed.). p. 482. 
  7. ^ 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.