Day 120: O.V. Wright – I Was Born All Over

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O.V. Wright – I Was Born All Over

“That’s How Strong My Love Is” is arguably one of the best and most frequently covered soul classics. Otis Redding’s rendition, in classic Redding fashion-nearly reconstructed, is what first led me to O.V. Wright. My love for the Otis Redding cover left me with an itch that needed to be scratched. I soon found out that in 1964 songwriter Roosevelt Jamison discovered Wright and they collaborated on their first single, titled “That’s How Strong My Love Is.”

So I quickly listened to a few O.V. Wright songs and was not let down. I think I had been listening to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding a lot and it was time to branch out. Branching out into deep soul music is such an exciting experience because all you have to do is wait five to ten seconds and -BAM!- your senses are overwhelmed with the most captivating voice you have ever heard. “I Was Born All Over” does that and more. The thick back beat, the piping horn section, the twangy deep-south guitar and the enormous vocals that sing praise and thanks to the love of his life and the journey that brought him to her are what make this a wonderful cut.

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