One-time lead singer of The Lamplighters (aka The Sharps), THURSTON HARRIS left for a solo career in 1957.
His first solo release (on which he was backed by The Sharps) was the million-selling ’Little Bitty Pretty One’.
He also registered with sides like ’Do What You Did’, ’Over And Over’ and ’Tears From My Heart’, while his ’Runk Bunk’ was famously covered in the UK by Adam Faith, and sides like ’I’m Out To Get’cha’, ’Only One Love Is Blessed’ and ’I Hear A Rhapsody’ were radio and jukebox hits.
This compilation comprises all his solo recordings between 1957-1962, across three different record labels, which include a handful of late ’50s sides which were not originally released; this is the first time that this impressive body of work has been thus compiled.
Much of this material is notoriously hard to find elsewhere on CD, apart from long-forgotten bootlegs, while a couple of these sides have never previously been reissued in any format.
1. LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE (with The Sharps) 2. I HOPE YOU WON'T HOLD IT AGAINST ME (with The Sharps) 3. DO WHAT YOU DID (with The Sharps) 4. I'M ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS (with The Sharps) 5. I'M OUT TO GET'CHA 6. BE BABA LEBA 7. ONLY ONE LOVE IS BLESSED 8. SMOKEY JOE'S 9. OVER AND OVER 10. YOU'RE GONNA NEED ME 11. TEARS FROM MY HEART 12. OVER SOMEBODY ELSE'S SHOULDER 13. I HEAR A RHAPSODY 14. PURPLE STEW (with The Masters, featuring Rufus Hunter) 15. YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU 16. IN THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART 17. HEY LITTLE GIRL 18. MY LOVE WILL LAST 19. RUNK BUNK 20. BLESS YOUR HEART 21. SLIP-SLOP 22. PARADISE HILL 23. RECESS IN HEAVEN 24. MOONLIGHT COCKTAILS 25. FINE, FINE FRAME 26. CROSS MY HEART 27. TELL ME SO 28. SEND ME SOME LOVING 29. ONE SCOTCH, ONE BOURBON, ONE BEER 30. I'D LIKE TO START OVER AGAIN 31. MR. SATAN 32. GODDESS OF ANGELS 33. QUIET AS IT'S KEPT 34. POOP-A-LOOP 35. SHE'S THE ONE