Shirley Marie Elliston was born in the Bronx section of New York City in 1941, of West Indian ancestry. There were opportunities for ambitious young people in the music business in New York City in the '50s, and Shirley began writing songs. She had success early with a song she wrote titled 'One, Two, I Love You', which was recorded by the Heartbeats in 1957. She also performed as a singer with a group called the Metronomes in the '50s, once winning an award at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. She made her solo debut as Shirley Elliston with 'Love Can Make You Know' in 1961. In 1959 Shirley became acquainted with talented 33-year-old songwriter/producer Lincoln Chase, who became her manager and songwriting partner. He wrote a song for Shirley titled 'The Nitty Gritty', and arranged for her to record on the Congress label, which was a subsidiary of Kapp. The record label changed her name to Shirley Ellis. 'The Nitty Gritty' was released in late 1963 and a short time later went top ten.
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Bass, Cello, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, and Violin
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Ballroom Dance, Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Sunny Day, Victory, and Wedding
Doo Wop, Motown, and Vocal Pop
What Does A Girl Do
Love Can Make You Know Lyrics