O.V. Wright - The Time We Have (Hi 77501)
The Time We Have
Alright, everybody. It's been a busy week over here. The O.V. Wright Memorial Fund has really taken off, with donations coming in from all over the planet. We have set up a home page for the Fund at:
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This sweet selection we have here today was the flip of Into Something (Can't Shake Loose), which climbed to #43 R&B in the fall of 1977. Written by Willie Mitchell and Earl Randle, it offers us a window into O.V.'s mellow side, and shows just how deep he managed to remain through it all. ABC had chosen not to renew his Back Beat contract in 1976, and Wright signed with Hi, which had become a subsidiary of Cream Records by then. The three LPs he recorded for Hi with Willie in Memphis in the late seventies are often overlooked in favor of those untouchable Back Beat singles from a few years before. While I can certainly relate to that, I think it's worth taking in the whole picture, and checking out the great music Mitchell and Wright continued to create at Royal, even as all that disco fever raged on outside the door.
Now, as family obligations will take me away from the keyboard here for a little while, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support, and to wish everybody a Happy Easter!
We've got to make the most of the Time We Have.