song "Little bitty pretty one" (Robert Byrd)

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Not found in either BMI nor ASCAP databases.

  • Songwriter/Composer: Robert Byrd
  • Publishers: Recordo Music Publishing

Robert James Byrd sr. (1934-1990) was a black black rhythm and blues singer and band leader who began his performing career under the stage name Bobby Day at Johnny Otis's Barrelhouse Club. By 1950 he had formed the group the Hollywood Flames, with whom he made a hit recording, "Buzz buzz buzz" (1957). In 1957 he formed a second musical group, the Satellites, which backed him on his hit "Little bitty pretty one". He was also the first to perform Jimmie Thomas's "Rockin' robin" (1958), the song by which most pop music lovers recognize Bobby Day. As Bobby Day, Byrd was also the original Bob of the rhythm and blues duo Bob and Earl, when he performed with Earl Nelson from 1957-1959. Byrd later established Byrdland Attractions and Quiline Publishing, songwriting enterprises.

Versions

Bobby Day and the Satellites () studio
1957 Bobby Day and the Satellites 7" single Little bitty pretty one US: Class 211
Thurston Harris
1957 Thurston Harris 7" single Little bitty pretty one US: Aladdin 3398
Frankie Avalon
1958 Frankie Avalon
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
1958 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers 7" single Little bitty pretty one US: Roulette 25036
Dovells
1962 Dovells
Clyde McPhatter
1962 Clyde McPhatter
Paramounts
1964.02 Paramounts
Dave Clark Five
1965.03 Dave Clark Five
Zalman Yanovsky
1968 Zalman Yanovsky
Jackson Five (02:48)
Production: Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino
Arrangement: John Bahler, James Carmichael
Note: This version sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide
1972 Jackson Five 7" single Little bitty pretty one
1972.04 Jackson Five LP LOOKIN' THROUGH THE WINDOWS US R&B #8, US pop #13
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
1972 Screamin' Jay Hawkins LP PORTRAIT OF A MAN AND A WOMAN US: Hot Line
1980.01.28 Frank Zappa
Recording: 1980.01.28 UMRK
Mudd Club ~ Mo's cacation (incl. Little bitty pretty one)
Frank Zappa source
Howard Werth
1982 Howard Werth
Cliff Richard
1983.10 Cliff Richard
Lindisfarne
1987 Lindisfarne
Delbert McClinton and the Snakes
1989 Delbert McClinton and the Snakes
Huey Lewis and the News
1994 Huey Lewis and the News
Steve Smith and the Nakeds
1995.11 Steve Smith and the Nakeds
Voice Male
1997 Voice Male
Billy Gilman
2000.06 Billy Gilman
Alley Cats
2000.10 Alley Cats
Aaron Carter
2001.07 Aaron Carter

Lyrics

1972 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
 
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Itty bitty pretty one
Come on and stay with me
[...] witty witty one
Come on and sit down on my knee
I told you a story - yeah!
Happened a long time ago
Itty bitty pretty one
I really love you so
 
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Whoa-ah-yaah! WAWAH! GRUNT
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Whoa! whoa! hoa! hoa!
Hoh! GRUNT SNORT