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Album Review

This has ten O.V. Wright sides, including "Eight Men, Four Women," "You're Gonna Make Me Cry," "A Nickel and a Nail," "Monkey Dog," "Gone for Good," and others. ~ Roots & Rhythm Newsletter, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Overlooked and Underlistened

Critics and listeners alike too often compare O.V. Wright with the likes of Solomon Burke and Otis Redding, but "Eight Men, Four Women" demonstrates more than a powerful soul voice. One could easily assume tracks such as "Ace of Spades", "Eight Men, Four Women" and "A Nickel and a Nail" were written in 1974 rather than the mid 1960s from the pounding funk baselines and metaphorical lyrics. All in all, O.V. Wright offers a strange combination of classic soul ballads and before-its-time, fossilized funk material that may appeal to any fan of either genre.


Born: October 9, 1939 in Leno, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

A truly incendiary deep soul performer. O. V. Wright's melismatic vocals and Willie Mitchell's vaunted Hi Rhythm Section combined to make classic Memphis soul during the early '70s. Overton Vertis Wright learned his trade on the gospel circuit with the Sunset Travelers before going secular in 1964 with the passionate ballad "That's How Strong My Love Is" for Goldwax in Memphis. Otis Redding liked the song so much that he covered it, killing any chance of Wright's version hitting. Since Wright was...
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