Thursday, April 24, 2014

Drowning On Dry Land...

As with many of the best soul singers O.V. Wright started singing in the church before making the transition to more secular recordings. Unlike most other soul singers, however, he remained a spiritually troubled man with most of his work having a strong gospel structure to them. His career was split between his years at Back Beat and his years at Hi, with the one constant being producer and musical director,Willie Mitchell.

After achieving huge success for fellow Hi artist, Al Green, Mitchell tried to build upon Wright's hits whilst at Back Beat but to no avail. A truly wonderful singer, but deeply troubled man, who never achieved the success he so richly deserved. Although his few successes were at Back Beat, his recordings for Hi are as good as anything released by any soul singers from that era.

Contrary sod that I am however, the track posted today is a great track from his Back Beat days. Hope you enjoy.

Drowning On Dry Land


  1. Thanks for posting this one, Scott. I'd never heard it before - a quality track on a par with 'Eight Men and Four Women' and 'Nickel and a Nail.'


  2. Nice one Scott - always good to hear O.V.

  3. Scott, this is one of the best songs you've ever posted. Overton Vertis Wright released many many great songs. And his middle name was Vertis.

  4. That is a cracker, not heard that before. Thanks Scott.

  5. Thank you all for the great comments. I think part of the reason we all do this is to introduce music fans to stuff they may not have heard before. I know all your blogs have certainly introduced me to many songs I had not heard previously. As for "Drowning On Dry Land", it is one of my fave songs so really glad that you all enjoyed hearing it.