Shirley Ellis

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by Shirley Ellis

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New York, New York, USA. Before striking out on a solo career in 1963, Ellis served an apprenticeship singing with an unsuccessful vocal group, the Metronones. Her strong voice was used to good effect on dance-floor ravers ‘The Nitty Gritty’ (number 4 R&B and number 8 pop in 1963) and ‘(That’s) What The Nitty Gritty Is’ (number 14 R&B 1964), and her future looked bright. Ellis, however, soon found herself in novelty song territory with catchy ditties written by... Read more

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soul
funk
female vocalists
60s
northern soul
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