Soul Sunday: O.V. Wright- When You Took Your Love From Me

Overton Vertis “O. V.” Wright (October 9, 1939 – November 16, 1980) was discovered by music manager Roosevelt Jamison while he was singing gospel with the Sunset Travelers. His first hit song was the ballad “That’s How Strong My Love Is” released in 1964 by Goldwax in Memphis, TN (a song later covered by Otis Redding.) After Wright moved over to the Back Beat label, he continued to make R&B hits with producer Willie Mitchell and in 1971 released “When You Took Your Love From Me” from the album “A Nickel and a Nail and Ace of Spades”. Nine years later, at the age of 41, Wright would die from a heart attack fueled by his drug addiction. This particular track has always been a favorite of mine, have a listen.

Ars longa, vita brevis

When You Took Your Love From Me (B-side “I Was Born All Over” – Back Beat Records-1971)

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Exiled New Englander now living in Canada. I dream in Spanish but can't speak it. I wish I'd grown up as an old black man playin' the blues just like my father.

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