|Born||July 11, 1931|
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
|Died||April 14, 1990 58) (aged|
Pomona, California, U.S.
|Genres||Rock and roll, R&B|
|Associated acts||The Sharps|
Thurston Harris (July 11, 1931 – April 14, 1990)was a male American singer, popular in the early to mid-1950s.
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Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.
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.
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In 1957, Harris signed as a solo artist for Aladdin. His former band backed him when he released his version of Bobby Day's "Little Bitty Pretty One".It reached #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".
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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, and released by Aladdin Records (Aladdin 3452). Harris later recorded on Cub, Dot, Imperial, Intro, Reprise and United Artists.
Before his death, he helped start off the musical career of his grandchild LaVonna Harris ("Beautiful"), who eventually made her own mark in the industry as an independent recording artist.
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Harris died of a heart attack in 1990.
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