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Shirley Ellis

Born: Jan 19, 1929

Death: Jan 1, 2005

Birthplace: The Bronx

Profession: Singer

Nationality: United States

Shirley Ellis

Date of Birth : Jan 19, 1929
Date of Death : Jan 1, 2005
Birth Place : The Bronx

Shirley Marie O'Garra was an American soul music singer and songwriter of West Indian origin. She is best known for her novelty hits "The Nitty Gritty", "The Name Game" and "The Clapping Song". "The Clapping Song" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. By 1954 she had written two songs which were recorded by The Chords. Ellis was originally in the group The Metronomes and she went on to marry the lead singer, Alphonso Elliston. All her solo hits were written by her and her manager, record producer, and songwriting partner, Lincoln Chase. Ellis had recording contracts with the Kapp Records subsidiary Congress and later Columbia and Bell, but retired from the music industry in 1968.


  • Singer
  • Songwriter

Also known as

  • Ellis, Shirley
  • Shirley Marie Elliston
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