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Shirley Ellis

New York vocalist and composer Shirley Ellis was in the Metronomes before earning fame as co-composer and performer of some enjoyable soul novelty tunes in the mid-'60s. These included the Top Ten R&B hits "The Nitty Gritty" and "The Name Game." "The Name Game" was co-written with her manager and husband Lincoln Chase, and peaked at number four R&B and number three pop in 1965. She and Chase also collaborated on the follow-up, "The Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap)," which reached number 16 R&B, but also represented the end of the creative line for the trend. Ellis landed one final moderately successful, more conventional soul tune two years later, "Soul Time." All except "Soul Time" were recorded for Congress; she had moved to Columbia by 1967, when "Soul Time" was issued. ~ Ron Wynn
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Track List: The Complete Congress Recordings

1. The Nitty Gritty

2. Give Me A List

3. That's What The Nitty Gritty Is

4. Get Out

5. Shy One

6. Takin' Care Of Business

7. Such A Night

8. Bring It On Home To Me

9. The Name Game

10. Whisper To Me Wind

11. The Clapping Song

12. This Is Beautiful

13. The Puzzle Song

14. I See It, I Like It, I Want It

15. I Never Will Forget

16. I Told You So

17. One Sour Note

18. You Better Be Good, World

19. Stardust

20. Ever See A Diver Kiss His Wife While The Bubbles Bounce About Above The Water

21. Don't Let Go

22. Kansas City

23. C.C. Rider

24. Stagger Lee

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