Our latest “one to watch” video feature (right or bottom of screen depending on your device) celebrates the career of an underrated soul man – O C SMITH, who died on November 23rd, 2001 aged just 69.
Ocie Lee Smith was born in Louisiana but grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and eventually L. A. After serving in the US Air Force, he embarked on a music career winning a recording contract with Cadence Records. His debut release was ‘Slow Walk’ but that and three other singles all flopped. After a move to MGM records, he joined the Count Basie Band as featured vocalist.
By the late 60s he was pacted to Columbia Records where in 1968 he finally scored a huge hit with ‘The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp’ which was followed by his hit version of ‘Little Green Apples’.
As the hits dried up, Smith found work on the Beach Music scene before becoming an ordained pastor working at the City Of Angles Church in Los Angeles.
Monday November 23rd will be the 19th anniversary of his death and to mark the occasion our “one to watch” offers Smith singing his smooth soul 1976 minor hit ‘Together’ which shows that there was so much more to Smith than the unique ‘Hickory Holler’ song for which he is best remembered.