|Born||July 11, 1931|
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||April 14, 1990 58) (aged|
Pomona, California, U.S.
|Genres||Rhythm and blues|
Thurston Harris (July 11, 1931 – April 14, 1990)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.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".It reached number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The track sold over one million records, achieving gold disc status. 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.
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The Rivingtons were a 1960s doo-wop band, known for their 1962 novelty hit "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow". The members were lead vocalist Carl White, tenor Al Frazier, baritone Sonny Harris, and bassist Turner "Rocky" Wilson, Jr. Frazier was replaced by Madero White for a period in the late 1970s.
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