O.V. Wright

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul deep soul southern soul rhythm and blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Overton Vertis Wright, 9 October 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 16 November 1980, USA. One of deep soul’s most impressive stylists, O.V. Wright’s first recordings were in the gospel tradition and it was while a member of the Harmony Echoes that he became acquainted with Roosevelt Jamison. This aspiring songwriter penned the singer’s secular debut, ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is’, an impassioned ballad later covered by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. Signed to Don Robey’s Back Beat label, Wright’s plaintive delivery excelled on slow material, as two imploring R&B hits, ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Cry’ (1965) and ‘Eight Men, Four Women’ (1967), testified. Wright’s next single, ‘Heartaches, Heartaches’ (1967), confirmed a working relationship with producer Willie Mitchell, but despite excellent collaborations in ‘Ace Of Spades’ (1970), ‘A Nickel And A Nail’ (1971)...

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