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The Soul of O.V. Wright.
O.V. Wright is one of those soul singers that slipped through the cracks and never really achieved the success that he should have. He was one of the finest purveyors of Memphis soul...ever. His work has been covered by Roy Bucannon, Luther Allison and Robert Cray (among others). "I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy," "A Nickel And A Nail," and "You're Gonna Make Me Cry" showcase his passionate singing style. Willie Mitchell's production work --the very same that gave Al Green's music so much dynamic power--also added life to O.V.'s music until health problems took their toll (O.V. died in 1980). For the uninitiated, The Soul of O.V. Wright is worth searching out as he is one of the GREATS of his generation.

posted: December 2003.


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