Bon Ton Roulette
O. V. (Overton Vertis) Wright was born in Lenow, Tennessee in 1939, and lived in the Memphis area throughout his life. O. V. began singing in the church and in 1956 while still in high school, he joined “The Sunset Travelers” as one of the lead singers of the gospel group and later fronted the gospel group, the “Harmony Echoes.” He was discovered Roosevelt Jamison. Their first pop recording in 1964 was “That’s How Strong My Love Is” a ballad later covered by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. “I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled and Crazy” was released on his O. V. Wright-Live album in 1979. It has been noted that "When you gave O.V. Wright a song, the song belonged to him. Nobody would do it that way again.” O. V. continued to battle drug addiction in the last years of his life, and in 1980, he died from a heart attack at age 41. O.V. recorded his third and final studio album for Hi - 'We're Still Together' - which was released in May 1979. A trip to Tokyo in September that year resulted in his only live recording - and that was available only in Japan at the time.
Written by Kathryn Johnson
The Soul of O.V. Wright
Label: MCA Records/ Duke Peacock