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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
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NITTY GRITTY BIO PHOTOThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have a soft connection to Colorado coming through the ski town of Aspen where after a short period of inactivity, the band reformed and lived for a time. The line-up during their Aspen stay included Les Thompson (bass), Jim Fadden (acoustic Guitar), Jeff Hanna (rhythm guitar), Jimmy Ibbotson (guitar) and John McEuen (banjo).

This proved to be a very strong line-up and the result was their classic LP – “Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy” from 1970 and the accompanying single “Mr. Bojangles” which peaked at number 9 and was their biggest hit record. The LP also contained two additional charting singles which would be released on United Artists “House at Pooh Corner” and “Some of Shelly’s Blues”. From Aspen it was onto Nashville and points beyond. The group joined a long list of famous musicians who recorded at the Caribou Ranch studio outside of Nederland, Colorado.

Below is their discography from the brief Aspen, Colorado era as well as their first Liberty LP.

Nitty Gritty in San Francisco 1960’s

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band LP’s

LP – Liberty 3516 – Ricochet – 1967

LP – Liberty 7501 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – April 8th, 1967 – Charted #151

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LP – Liberty 7540 – Rare Junk – 1968

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LP – Liberty 7611 – Alive! – 1968

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LP – Liberty 7642 – Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy – December 5th, 1970 – Charted #66

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LP – United Artists 5553 – All the Good Times – February 5th, 1972 – Charted #162

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LP – United Artists 9801 – Will the Circle Be Unbroken – December 30th, 1972 – Charted #68

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LP – United Artists 184 – Stars & Stripes Forever – July 13th, 1974 – Charted #28

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LP – United Artists 469 – Dream – October 4th, 1975 – Charted #66

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LP – United Artists 670 – Dirt, Silver & Gold – December 18th, 1967 – Charted #77

LP – United Artists 854 – The Dirt Band – July 8th, 1978 – Charted #163

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LP – United Artists 974 – An American Dream – January 26th, 1980 – Charted #76

LP – United Artists 1042 – Make A Little Magic – July 19th, 1980 – Charted #62 (As the “Dirt Band”)

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LP – Liberty 1106 – Jealousy – September 5th, 1981 – Charted #95

LP – Liberty – Let’s Go – 1982

LP – Warner Bros. 9-25113 – Plain Dirt Fashion – 1984

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LP – Warner Bros. 1-12504 – Partners, Brothers and Friends – 1985

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LP – Warner Bros. 1-25382 – Twenty Years Of Dirt – The Best of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – 1986

LP – Warner Bros. 1-25573 – Hold On – 1987

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LP – Warner Bros. 9-25722 – Workin’ Band – 1988

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LP – Universal 12500 – Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume Two – May 27th, 1989 – Charted #95

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LP – MCA 6407 – The Rest of the Dream – 1990

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LP – Capitol  40177 – Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume III – October 19th, 2002 – Charted #134

LP – Warner Special Products 6051 – I’ve Got the Music In Me – (A 10 record set which contains “Mr. Bojangles” on record four)

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Bands 45’s

45 – Liberty 55948 – Buy for Me the Rain b/w Candy Man – February, 1967 – Charted #45

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45 – Liberty 55982 – Truly Right b/w The Teddy Bear’s Picnic – July, 1967

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45 – Liberty 56054 – These Days b/w Collegiana – July, 1968

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45 – Liberty 56134 – Some of Shelley’s Blues b/w Yukon Railrood – October, 1969 – Charted #106

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45 – Liberty 55159 – Rave On b/w The Cure

45 – Liberty 56197 – Mr. Bojangles b/w Uncle Charlie Interview b/w Spanish Fandango – November, 1970 – Charted #9

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45 – Liberty SP-37 – Special Radio Interview – Interview With Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Released September, 1970

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45 – United Artists Silver Spotlight Series 1701 – 1971

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45 – United Artists 50769 – House at Pooh Corner b/w Travelin’ Mood – Charted April, 1971 – #53

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45 – United Artists 50849 – I Saw The Light b/w The Precious Jewel – October, 1971

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45 – United Artists 50817 – Some of Shelly’s Blues b/w – The Cure – November, 1971 – Charted #64

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45 EP Double Pack – United Artists SP-69 – All The Good Times – 1972

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45 – United Artists 50890 – Jambalya (On the Bayou) b/w Hoping to Say – February, 1972 – Charted #84

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45 – United Artists 50921 – Baltimore b/w Fish Song – June, 1972

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45 – United Artists XW177-W – Honky Tonkin’ b/w Will The Circle Be Unbroken – 1973 (with others)

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45 – United Artists XW263-W – Cosmic Cowboy Part 1 b/w Fish Song – May, 1973 – Charted #123

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45 – United Artists XW544-W – Battle of New Orleans b/w The Mountain Whippoorwill (Or, How Hillbilly Jim Won the Great Fiddler’s Prize) – September, 1974 – Charted #72

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45 – United Artists XW655-Y – All I Have to Do Is Dream b/w Raleigh-Durham Reel – August 30, 1975 – Charted #66

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45 – United Artists XW741-Y – Mother Of Love – July, 1975

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45 – United Artists XW830 – Cosmic Cowboy b/w Stars & Stripes Forever” – 1976

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45 – United Artists XW936-Y – Mother Earth (Provides for Me) – 1976

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At this point the band became “The Dirt Band”

45 – United Artists X1228-Y – In For the Night b/w Wild Nights – September, 1978 – Charted #66

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45 – United Artists X1312-Y – In Her Eyes b/w Jas’ Moon – July, 1979 – Charted #126

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45 – United Artists X1330-Y – An American Dream b/w Take Me Back – December 8th, 1979 – Charted #13

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45 – United Artists X1378-Y – Badlands b/w Too Good To Be True – September, 1980 – Charted #107

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45 – Liberty B-1389 – High School Yearbook – 1980

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45 – Silver Spotlight Series XW061 – Mr. Bojangles b/w Buy For Me the Rain – 1981

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45 – Liberty B-1449 – Jealousy b/w Badlands – 1981

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45 – Liberty PA-1429 – Fire in the Sky b/w Easy Slow – October 3rd, 1981 – Charted #76

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45 – Liberty B-1499 – Shot Full of Love b/w Lets Go – May, 1983

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45 – Liberty B-1507 – Dance Little Jean b/w Maryann – September, 1983

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-29282 – The Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream) b/w Video Tape – May, 1984

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-29203 – I Love Only You b/w Face on the Cutting Room Floor – September, 1984

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-29099 – High Horse b/w Must Be Love – December, 1984

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45 – Warner Bros. PRO-S-2409 – Colorado Christmas b/w The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball (with Riders in the Sky) – November, 1985

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-29027 – Modern Day Romance b/w Queen of the Road – April, 1985

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-28897 – Home Again In My Heart b/w Telluride – September, 1985

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-28780 – Partners, Brothers and Friends b/w Redneck Riviera – February, 1986

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-28690 – Stand a Little Rain b/w Miner’s Night Out (by John McEuen) – June, 1986

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-28547 – Fire in the Sky b/w Cadillac Ranch – October, 1986

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45 – Warner Bros. PRO-S-2869 – The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball (by Michael Martin Murphey) b/w Colorado Christmas – November, 1986

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-28443 – Baby’s Got A Hold On Me b/w Oleanna – March, 1987

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-28311 – Fishin’ In the Dark b/w Keepin’ The Road Hot – May, 1987

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-28173 – Oh What a Love b/w America, My Sweetheart – October, 1987

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-27940 – Workin’ Man (Nowhere to Go) b/w Brass Sky – April, 1988

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-27750 – I’ve Been Workin’ b/w Must Be Love – August, 1988

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45 – Warner Bros. 7-27679 – Down the Road Tonight b/w A Lot Like Me – December, 1988

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45 – Universal UVL-66008 – And So It Goes b/w Amazing Grace – April, 1989

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45 – Universal UVL-66009 – Turn of the Century b/w Blues Berry Hill – May, 1989

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45 – Universal UVL-66023 – When It’s Done b/w I’m Sittin’ On Top of the World – September, 1989

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45 – MCA-79013 – From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) b/w Blues Berry Hill – 1990

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45 – MCA-53964 – The Rest of The Dream b/w Snowballs – 1990

45 – MCA-53795 – One Step Over The Line b/w Riding Alone – February, 1990

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45 – MCA-79075 – You Made Life Good Again b/w Snowballs – August, 1990

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45 – MCA-55182 – You Believed Me (with Karla Bonoff) b/w Atlanta Reel ’96 (by Michael Omartian – 1996

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45 – Decca DRNS&-55206 – Maybe Baby b/w Crying, Waiting, Hoping – May, 1996

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45 – Warner Bros. Back-to-Back Hits 7-21952 – Fishin’ In the Dark b/w Baby’s Got a Hold On Me

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45 – Warner Bros. Back-to-Back Hits GWB 0512 – High Horse b/w Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)

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45 – Liberty Cema Special Markets – 57-57766 – I Fought the Law b/w Mr. Bojangles

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