Full Name: Thurston Theodore Harris

Description: Vocalist, USA

Known For: Hit the US charts with – “Little Bitty Pretty One” – 1957

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Popular, Rock

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 11th July 1931
Location Born: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

Date Died: 14th April 1990
Location Died: Pomona, California, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Heart Failure

Memorial: Harris died of a heart attack at the age of 58.
Web Site: Complete discography of Thurston Harris

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Thurston Harris

Thurston Harris (July 11, 1931 – April 14, 1990) was a male American singer, popular in the early to mid-1950’s.

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. 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”.

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, and released by Aladdin Records (Aladdin 3452). Harris later recorded on Cub, Dot, Imperial, Intro, Reprise & United Artists.

He died of a heart attack in 1990.

Cover versions

Frankie Lymon’s highest charting solo hit was a cover of “Little Bitty Pretty One”, which peaked at number 58 on the R&B charts in 1960.
The Jackson 5 covered the song on their 1972 album Lookin’ Through the Windows.
UK 1980’s star Shakin’ Stevens covered the wild rocker “Do What You Did” on one of his albums.
A cover of “Runk Bunk” was one of the first songs recorded by the UK pop star, Adam Faith.


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