The Nitty Gritty (song)

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"The Nitty Gritty"
Single by Shirley Ellis
B-side"Give Me a List"
GenreR&B, novelty
Songwriter(s)Lincoln Chase
Producer(s)Hutch Davie

"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 imprint. It went to #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Soul chart.[2] A version by Diana Ross & The Supremes can be found on the 2001 edition of their album, Anthology. Southern Culture on the Skids covered it on the Dirt Track Date album.


  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.