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