Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thurston Harris

Thurston is a funny name. Think Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island. And the Thirsty character in Hi And Lois; his real name is Thurston.

But it was Thurston Harris’ name, and it didn’t hurt him. He wasn’t exactly a one hit wonder; he had 2 hits besides Little Bitty Pretty One, one of which was Over And Over, a hit for Bobby Day, and later for The Dave Clark Five, but neither of the 2 songs made it higher than 57 on Billboard.

My one song comes from the soundtrack to Stand By Me.

Thurston Harris:

Little Bitty Pretty One – Bobby Day wrote this. This is a gospel hymn; there’s no question. And yet the lyrics, a straightforward love song on the surface, are majorly unholy – “I’ve been watching you grow…” I bet. A top 10 hit in the fall of 1957. The Jackson Five’s remake in 1972 only made it to number 12.

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