Thurston Harris

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Thurston Harris
Born(1931-07-11)July 11, 1931
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
DiedApril 14, 1990(1990-04-14) (aged 58)
Pomona, California, U.S.
GenresRhythm and blues
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1953–1990

Thurston Harris (July 11, 1931 – April 14, 1990)[1][2] was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his 1957 hit "Little Bitty Pretty One".


Harris first appeared on record in 1953. He was the vocalist for South Central Los Angeles R&B band the Lamplighters.[3] He remained with the band as it evolved through several name changes, from the Tenderfoots to the Sharps.

In 1957, Harris signed as a solo artist for Aladdin Records. His former band backed him when he released his version of Bobby Day's "Little Bitty Pretty One".[4][5] It reached number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The track sold over one million records, achieving gold disc status.[3] The Sharps would go on to another name change to become The Rivingtons, achieving fame with the single "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow".

Unusually, "Little Bitty Pretty One" was released on three different-colored labels: purple, blue and maroon. The song appeared on the soundtracks to films or television dramas, such as Telling Lies in America, Matilda, Lipstick on Your Collar, and Christine.

Harris had a second and final hit in 1958 with "Do What You Did", which reached the Top 20. His other best known song was "Runk Bunk", recorded in 1959 (Aladdin 3452). Harris later recorded on Cub, Dot, Imperial, Intro, Reprise and United Artists.


Harris died in his sleep of a heart attack on April 14, 1990.[6]

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  2. ^ "AOL – News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle". January 1, 1970. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Bryan Thomas. "Thurston Harris | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 92. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  5. ^ "rivingtons". Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "Thurston Harris; Singer of 'Over and Over'". Los Angeles Times. April 15, 1990. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  7. ^ "The Jackson 5 Lookin' Through the Windows Album Reviews, Songs & More". AllMusic. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "Shakin' Stevens Take One Album Reviews, Songs & More". AllMusic. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  9. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 46. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 108/9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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