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Singer/songwriter Shirley Ellis
is best known for her hits "The Nitty Gritty"
, "The Name Game"
and "The Clapping Song,"
Ellis was only 13 when her song "Pretty Wild"
was recorded by The Chords
fame). As a teenager she won an Amateur Night
competition at The Apollo Theatre, performed with a group named The Metronomes, wrote "One, Two, I Love You"
(recorded by The Heartbreakers
) and met Lincoln Chase
, who would become her songwriting partner, manager and producer (not to mention her husband).
Ellis co-wrote all the mid-'60s hits listed above the fold with Chase, but her 1965 LP The Name Game
also included a stellar version of "Stardust." "The Puzzle Song"
was her last chart showing with Congress Records. She then signed with Columbia, where she released the single "Soul Time"
and an unsuccessful LP before drifting off into a dignified retirement from the music business.