This Bitter Earth

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"This Bitter Earth"
Single by Dinah Washington
from the album Unforgettable
A-side"I Understand"
FormatVinyl, 7" (45 rpm)[1]
Genrejazz, soul
LabelMercury Records
Songwriter(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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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Dinah Washington — "I Understand"/"This Bitter Earth" (7" Vinyl Single).discogs
  2. ^ The Essential Dinah Washington - The Great Songs Archived 2013-01-29 at
  3. ^ Clyde Otis Music Group Beginnings Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ BMI entry from This Bitter Earth
  5. ^ a b The Marvels Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine By Marv Goldberg, Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks, 2007
  6. ^ Killer of Sheep by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2007.
  7. ^ Venetian Snares "This Bitter Earth".bandcamp
  8. ^ Bradley Bambarger (March 12, 2010). "Shutter Island soundtrack casts eerie spell". New Jersey On-Line.