Sunday, April 06, 2008

O V Wright's unmarked grave

Overton Vertis Wright was without a doubt one of the greatest of all soul singers. How sad then that his premature demise isn't even marked with a gravestone. I learned this from the excellent Backroads of American Music website

and when I go to Memphis I feel I really should pay homage to the great O V Wright. Like James Carr, another great Memphian, his was a tormented life, hooked on drugs as he was, but his music surpassed almost anything that has come out of the southern soul firmament. Here are a few of his original LPs on the Backbeat and Hi labels.


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