Chanteur US né le 11 Juillet 1931 à Indianapolis (Indiana). Thurston Harris a débuté en 1954 comme soliste des Lamplighters. En 1957, en solo chez Alladin il trouve le succès avec une reprise de Bobby Day "Little Bitty Pretty One". La suite de sa carrière n'est pas aussi glorieuse; après des années à courir après un succès qui ne veut pas revenir, il végétera entre la prison, l'hôpital et la rue. Il disparaîtra le 14 Avril 1990 à 59 ans, après avoir longtemps survécu en récupérant les consignes de bouteilles trouvées dans les poubelles.

Thurston Harris recorded with the Lamplighters, one of the many groups on the early R&B scene in South Central Los Angeles, in the early '50s. The group later evolved into the Tenderfoots, then the Sharps, and it was under this last name they were credited to when they backed up Harris on his most famous hit, 1957's "Little Bitty Pretty One" (number two R&B and number six pop) for Aladdin. In 1957, while signed as a solo artist to Aladdin, Harris recorded a cover of Bobby Day's classic novelty number, with a solid band featuring the ubiquitous Earl Palmer on drums and his friends in the Sharps doing background Vocalss. The single propelled Harris immediately to the front-ranks of the R&B scene. In 1958, Harris scored a Top 20 R&B hit with "Do What You Did," but he failed to have any chart success afterwards. April 14, 1990, Thurston Harris died of a heart attack in Pomona, CA, at age 58. "Little Bitty Pretty One" has gone on to become one of the best-loved oldies of the late '50s.

Talents : Vocals

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Doo Wop, Rhythm 'n' Blues

SALTY DOG (1954) (Lamplighters)

LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE (1957) (Thurston Harris)

DO WHAT YOU DID (1957) (Thurston Harris)

Be-Baba-Leba (1958) (Thurston Harris)

Over And Over (1958) (Thurston Harris)

One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer (1960) (Thurston Harris)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

78 t., Singles & EP

1953 78 t. FEDERAL 12149 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Part Of Me / Turn Me Loose
1953 SP FEDERAL 45-12149 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Part Of Me / Turn Me Loose
1953 78 t. FEDERAL 12152 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Give Me / Be-Bop Wino
1953 SP FEDERAL 45-12152 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Give Me / Be-Bop Wino
1953 78 t. FEDERAL 12156 (US) . Jimmy WITHERSPOON with The LAMPLIGHTERS - Move Me Baby / Sad Life
1953 SP FEDERAL 45-12156 (US) .

Jimmy WITHERSPOON with The LAMPLIGHTERS - Move Me Baby / Sad Life

1954 78 t. FEDERAL 12166 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Smootchie / I Can't Stand It
1954 SP FEDERAL 45-12166 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Smootchie / I Can't Stand It
1954 78 t. FEDERAL 12173 (US) . Jimmy WITHERSPOON with The LAMPLIGHTERS - Just For You / 24 Sad Hours
1954 SP FEDERAL 45-12173 (US) . Jimmy WITHERSPOON with The LAMPLIGHTERS - Just For You / 24 Sad Hours
1954 78 t. FEDERAL 12176 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Tell Me You Care / I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy
1954 SP FEDERAL 45-12176 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Tell Me You Care / I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy
1954 78 t. FEDERAL 12182 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Salty Dog / Ride, Jockey, Ride
1954 SP FEDERAL 45-12182 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Salty Dog / Ride, Jockey, Ride
1954 78 t. FEDERAL 12192 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Five Minutes Longer / You Hear
1954 SP FEDERAL 45-12192 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Five Minutes Longer / You Hear
1954 78 t. FEDERAL 12197 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Yum! Yum! / Goody Good Things
1954 SP FEDERAL 45-12197 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Yum! Yum! / Goody Good Things
1955 78 t. FEDERAL 12206 (US)  . LAMPLIGHTERS - I Wanna Know / Believe In Me
1955 SP FEDERAL 45-12206 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - I Wanna Know / Believe In Me
1955 78 t. FEDERAL 12212 (US)  . LAMPLIGHTERS - Roll On / Love, Rock And Thrill
1955 SP FEDERAL 45-12212 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Roll On / Love, Rock And Thrill
1955 78 t. FEDERAL 12242 (US)  . LAMPLIGHTERS - Don't Make It So Good / Hug A Little, Kiss A Little
1955 SP FEDERAL 45-12242 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - Don't Make It So Good / Hug A Little, Kiss A Little
1956 78 t. FEDERAL 12255 (US)  . LAMPLIGHTERS - You Were Send Down From Heaven / Bo-Peep
1956 SP FEDERAL 45-12255 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - You Were Send Down From Heaven / Bo-Peep
1956 78 t. FEDERAL 12261 (US)  . LAMPLIGHTERS - It Ain't Right / Everything's All Right
1956 SP FEDERAL 45-12261 (US) . LAMPLIGHTERS - It Ain't Right / Everything's All Right
1957 78 t. ALADDIN 3398 (US) . Little Bitty Pretty One / I Hope You Won't Hold It Against Me
1957 SP ALADDIN 45-3398 (US) .

Little Bitty Pretty One / I Hope You Won't Hold It Against Me

1957 78 t. ALADDIN 3399 (US) Do What You Did / I'm Asking Forgiveness
1957 SP ALADDIN 45-3399 (US) .

Do What You Did / I'm Asking Forgiveness

1957 78 t. ALADDIN 3401 (US) . Thurston HARRIS & The SHARPS - What Will I Gain / Shufflin'
1957 SP ALADDIN 45-3401 (US) . Thurston HARRIS & The SHARPS - What Will I Gain / Shufflin'
1957 SP LAMP 2007 (US) . SHARPS - Our Love Is Here To Stay / Lock My Heart
1958 78 t. ALADDIN 3415 (US) . Be-Baba-Leba / I'm Out To Getcha
1958 SP ALADDIN 45-3415 (US) .

Be-Baba-Leba / I'm Out To Getcha

1958 78 t. ALADDIN 3428 (US) . Only One Love Is Blessed / Smokey Joe's
1958 SP ALADDIN 45-3428 (US) .

Only One Love Is Blessed / Smokey Joe's

1958 78 t. ALADDIN 3430 (US) . Over And Over / You're Gonna Miss Me
1958 SP ALADDIN 45-3430 (US) .

Over And Over / You're Gonna Miss Me

1958 78 t. ALADDIN 3435 (US) . Over Someone Else's Shoulder / Tears From My Heart
1958 SP ALADDIN 45-3435 (US) .

Over Someone Else's Shoulder / Tears From My Heart

1958 78 t. ALADDIN 3440 (US) . Purple Stew / I Heard A Rhapsody
1958 SP ALADDIN 45-3440 (US) .

Purple Stew / I Heard A Rhapsody

1959 78 t. ALADDIN 3447 (US) . From The Bottom Of My Heart / You Don't Know How Much I Love You
1959 SP ALADDIN 45-3447 (US) .

From The Bottom Of My Heart / You Don't Know How Much I Love You

1959 78 t. ALADDIN 3448 (US) . Don't You Know / From The Bottom Of My Heart
1959 SP ALADDIN 45-3448 (US) .

Don't You Know / From The Bottom Of My Heart

1959 78 t. ALADDIN 3450 (US) . Hey Little Girl / My Love Will Last
1959 SP ALADDIN 45-3450 (US) .

Hey Little Girl / My Love Will Last

1959 78 t. ALADDIN 3452 (US) . Runk Bunk / Bless Your Heart
1959 SP ALADDIN 45-3452 (US) .

Runk Bunk / Bless Your Heart

1959 78 t. ALADDIN 3456 (US) . Slip Slop / Paradise Hill
1959 SP ALADDIN 45-3456 (US) .

Slip Slop / Paradise Hill

1960 78 t. ALADDIN 3462 (US) . Moonlight Coctail / Recess In Heaven
1960 SP ALADDIN 45-3462 (US) .

Moonlight Coctail / Recess In Heaven

1960 78 t. ALADDIN 3468 (US) . One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / Send Me Some Loving
1960 SP ALADDIN 45-3468 (US) .

One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / Send Me Some Loving

1962 SP CUB 9108 (US) .

I'd Like To Start Over Again / Mr. Satan

1963 SP DOT 16415 (US) .

Quiet As It's Kept / Goddess Of Angels

1963 SP DOT 16427 (US) .

Poop-A-Loop / She's The One

1963 SP IMPERIAL 5928 (US) .

Got You On My Mind / Tears From My Heart

1963 SP IMPERIAL 5971 (US) .

You're Gonna Need Me / I'm Asking Forgiveness

1963 EP SONET EPX 005 (SW)

One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / Send Me Some Loving / That'S Too Bad (The LE-ROYS) / Climb The Moon (The LE-ROYS)

1964 SP REPRISE 0255 (US) .

Dance On Little Girl / Dancing Silhouettes

1964 SP KING 45-5890 (US) . Thunderbird (Dossie TERRY) / Be Bop Wino (LAMPLIGHTERS)
1973 SP UNITED ARTISTS SILVER SPOTLIGHT SERIES 0152 (US) .

Little Bitty Pretty One / Over And Over

1984 EP BIG J JEP-104 (US)

Thurston HARRIS & Willie EGAN'S HOUSEROCKERS - DOWN HOME BLUES - Please Don't Leave Me / Reconsider Baby / Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Down Home Blues









Albums

1983 LP 12" PATHE MARCONI 1546651 (F) LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE - Little Bitty Pretty One / Do What You Did / Be Baba Leba / I'm Out To Getcha / I Got Loaded (In Smokey Joe's Joint) / Purple Stew / I Hope You Won't Hold It Against Me / In The Bottom Of My Heart / Hey Little Girl / My Love Will Last / Runk Bunk / One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer
1986 LP 12" EMI AMERICA SQ 17237 (US) LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE - Over And Over / Little Bitty Pretty One / Do What You Did / Hey Baba Leba / You Don't Know / I'm Asking For Forgiveness / Hey Little Girl / Send Me Some Lovin' / Only One Love / Tell Me So / Fine Fine Frame / Cross My Heart / My Love Will Last / I Got Loaded At Smokey Joe's Joint
1988 LP 12" ALADDIN 3390 (US) Thurston HARRIS - Little Bitty Pretty One / Do What You Did / Be Baba Laba / I'm Out To Getcha' / Smokey Joe's / Over And Over / You're Gonna Need Me / Purple Stew / In The Bottom Of My Heart / Hey Little Girl / My Love Will Last / Runk Bunk / One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / Poop-A-Loop
1995 CD PLAZA 502 (PORT) LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE - Over And Over / Do What You Did / In The Bottom Of My Heart / Fine And Frame / Little Bitty Pretty One / Purple Stew / Slip-Slop / I'm Asking Forgiveness / My Love Will Last / Hey Baba Leba / Cross My Heart / One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / (I Got Loaded At) Smokey Joe's / You're Gonna Need Me / I'm Out To Getcha' / Over Somebody Else's Shoulder / I Heard A Rhapsody / Tears From My Heart / Runk Bunk / Bless Your Heart / Recess In Heaven / You Don'T Know (Hopw Much I Love You) / Tell Me So / Hey Little Girl / I Hope You Won'T Hold It Against Me                
2005 CD ACE CDCHD 1040 (UK)

THE LAMPLIGHTERS - LOVING, ROCKING, THRILLING - THE COMPLETE FEDERAL RECORDINGS - I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy / Sad And Lonely / Love, Rock And Thrill / Be-Bop Wino / Part Of Me / Turn Me Loose / Give Me / Crazy Times / I Can't Stand It / Smootchie / Tell Me You Care / Ride, Jockey, Ride / Hig A Little, Kiss A Little / Tell It To Me / Five Minuts Longer / You Hear / Salty Dog / Don't Make It So Good / Bo Peep / Yum Yum / You Were Sent Down From Heaven / Goody Good Things / It Ain't Right / Everything's All Right / I Wanna Know / Believe In Me / Roll On / Bo Peep (version 1)

2010 CD HOODOO 263372 (EUR)

LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE - Over And Over / Do What You Did / In The Bottom Of My Heart / Fine Fine Frame / Little Bitty Pretty One / Purple Stew / Slip - Slop / I'm Asking Forgiveness / My Love Will Last / Hey Baba Leba / Cross My Heart / One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / (I Got Loaded At) Smokey Joe's / You're Gonna Need Me / I'm Out To Getcha' / Over Somebody Else's Shoulder / I Hear A Rhapsody / Tears From My Heart / Runk Bunk / Bless Your Heart / Recess In Heaven / You Don't Know (How Much I Love You) / Tell Me So / Hey Little Girl/ I Hope You Won't Hold It Against Me

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