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Sunday 15 December 2013

Southern Soul Sunday 11

Memphis  native Overton Vertis Wright (known to you and me as O.V.) is described in the Backbeat compilation of 25 of his finest tracks from 1965 to 1975 as a Giant of Southern Soul.
Now, in any picture I have ever seen of him he does not strike me as a particularly tall fellow so I am assuming this is a reference to his music which is indeed rather splendid.
He was a member of a number of gospel groups in his youth including The Five Harmonaires, The Spirit of Memphis Quartet and the Highway QCs - surely a project there for Jim McLean's rabbit
You can hear the gospel influence in his subsequent songs.
Unfortunately O.V. died aged just 41 from a heart attack most probably brought about by his on-going drug problems. He had previously been jailed for narcotics offences.
So famous that they named a quaint garden suburb of Wishaw in North Lanarkshire after him  allegedly

O.V. Wright - Eight Men Four Women

O.V. Wright - A Nickel and A Nail

1 comment:

  1. we were going to call one of the cats Vertis. Well, I was. It was vetoed. Great great songs today.