Translation: Records on the Congress label
sold like hot cakes thanks to Shirley Ellis,
the company's top recording act!
Shirley's first big hit, "The Nitty Gritty" was the kind of sonic tonic that grief stricken Americans needed to begin the healing process in the weeks following the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy. Like "Louie Louie," the controversial hit record by the Kingsmen that charted at the same time, "The Nitty Gritty" contained lyrics that were wide open to interpretation. The important thing, however, is that both songs served as a much needed distraction and helped to lift us out of the doldrums.
"The Nitty Gritty," a rip-it-up, go-go style dance number,
had the wind at its back as it steadily climbed the charts during December and reached its zenith at the start of 1964, giving the long-haired British invaders a run for their money.
One year later, in December of 1964, Shirley had her second hit on the charts.
“The Name Game” was a good-natured novelty record that challenged listeners to make a rhyme out of anybody’s name.
In the spring of 1965, a couple of months after "The Name Game" faded off the charts, Congress was back in session and Shirley Ellis was back in business.
Shirley struck paydirt again with "The Clapping Song," another entertaining recording in the novelty pop soul vein.
As much as I love deep soul, Motown and southern R&B,
I also thoroughly enjoy feel good pop soul like these songs
by Shirley Ellis.
same category include:
by Barbara Lewis
“The Shoop Shoop Song
(It’s in His Kiss)”
by Betty Everett
and the Bees”
by Jewel Akens
Every time I hear songs like those they lift my spirits. No heavy messages, no social commentary, no political protests, no put-downs...just lighthearted fun that continues to bring out the kid in me and you. Imagine...music that actually allows you to forget your troubles for a while instead of focusing
on them. Now there's a concept!
This act of Congress sets me free from my worries. Let's wind up our popcorn party with two more rare Shirley Ellis performance clips!
Del Del Bo Bel
Bonana Fanna Fo Fel
Fee Fy Mo Mel...
Have a Shady day!