This Bitter Earth

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"This Bitter Earth"
Single by Dinah Washington
from the album Unforgettable
A-side "I Understand"
Released 1960
Format Vinyl, 7" (45 rpm)[1]
Recorded 1959
Genre jazz, soul
Length 2:30
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Clyde Otis
Producer(s) Clyde Otis
Dinah Washington singles chronology
"A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)"
"This Bitter Earth"
"Love Walked In"

"This Bitter Earth" is a 1960 song made famous by rhythm and blues singer Dinah Washington.[2] Written and produced by Clyde Otis,[3][4] it peaked to #1 on the U.S. R&B charts for the week of July 25, 1960, and also reached #24 on the U.S. pop charts.[5] The song is a key piece in the 1978 film Killer of Sheep by director Charles Burnett.[6]


Chart (1960) Peak
US Billboard Top Pop Songs 24
US Billboard Hot R&B Songs 1

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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