OC Smith

Real Name:
Ocie Lee Smith
Profile:
Soul - Jazz singer
Born: 21.06.1932, in Mansfield, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died: 23.11.2001, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

His debut release was a cover of the Little Richard hit "Tutti Frutti" in December 1955. The song was not a hit, but convinced MGM Records to sign Smith to a solo contract, resulting in three more releases, but still no hits.

In 1961, Smith was recruited by Count Basie to be his vocalist, a position he held until 1965.
He also continued to record with different labels, but a hit remained elusive.
By 1968, Smith's then label, Columbia Records, was ready to release him from his recording contract, when he entered the charts for the first time with "Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp", which reached No.2 in the UK Singles Chart and also broke the Top 40 in the United States.
In 1976 Kenny Rogers revived the hit as a country song.
Smith changed the first part of his name to O.C. and recorded the Bobby Russell written song "Little Green Apples," which went to No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won Russell the 1969 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It received a gold record from the R.I.A.A. for sales of one million records.
He continued to record, reaching the R&B, Adult Contemporary and pop charts in his home country with the likes of "Daddy's Little Man", "Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife", "Me and You" and "Love To Burn". He also returned to the UK Singles Chart in 1977 with "Together", reaching a Top 30 position.
After CBS, Smith united with Charles Wallert, who wrote and produced the title track as well as the album for "Dreams Come True" that returned Smith to the national charts. The Whatcha Gonna Do album, resulted in three nationally charted singles for a total of 40 weeks. This album contained "Brenda", "You're My First, My Last My Everything" and "Spark Of Love". Additional hits "The Best Out Of Me" and "After All Is Said And Done" established Smith as a Beach Music star. Nominated for six awards at the third Beach Music Awards, Smith captured five.
Smith became pastor and founder of The City Of Angels Church in Los Angeles, California where he practiced for 16 years. One of his last recordings, "Save The Last Dance For Me" reached the number one position on the Rhythm n' Beach Top 40 chart.
Shortly after his death, Governor Jim Hodges proclaimed June 21, 2002, 'O.C. Smith Day' in the State of South Carolina. Smith was posthumously elected to the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame in November 2002.
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Albums

S 63147 OC Smith - The Dynamic O. C. Smith - Recorded Live album art O. C. Smith* The Dynamic O. C. Smith - Recorded Live (Album) Columbia S 63147 UK 1967 Sell This Version
CS 9680 OC Smith - Hickory Holler Revisited album art O.C. Smith* Hickory Holler Revisited (Album) Columbia CS 9680 US 1968 Sell This Version
CS 9756 OC Smith - For Once In My Life album art O.C.Smith* For Once In My Life (Album) Columbia CS 9756 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
LE 10017 OC Smith - At Home album art O. C. Smith* At Home (Album) Columbia LE 10017 US 1969 Sell This Version
C 30664 OC Smith - Help Me Make It Through The Night album art O.C. Smith* Help Me Make It Through The Night (Album) Columbia C 30664 US 1971 Sell This Version
SBP 234607 OC Smith - La La Peace Song album art OC Smith La La Peace Song (Album) Columbia SBP 234607 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
PZ 34471 OC Smith - Together album art O.C. Smith* Together (Album) Caribou Records PZ 34471 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
9314-012 OC Smith - Love Is Forever album art O.C. Smith* Love Is Forever (Album) Shadybrook Records 9314-012 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
FAM 1000 OC Smith - Dreams Come True album art OC Smith Dreams Come True Family Records FAM 1000 US 1980 Sell This Version
6019 ML, 6019ML OC Smith - Love Changes album art O.C.Smith* Love Changes (Album) Motown, Motown 6019 ML, 6019ML US 1982 Sell This Version
REN-5000, BDS-LP 50006 OC Smith - What'cha Gonna Do album art O.C. Smith* What'cha Gonna Do (Album) Rendezvous (2), Rendezvous (2) REN-5000, BDS-LP 50006 US 1986 Sell This Version
A 22094 OC Smith - Me and You album art OC Smith Me and You(CD) Sony Music A 22094 US 1990 Sell This Version
TRI4153 OC Smith - After All Is Said And Done album art O.C. Smith* After All Is Said And Done (Album) Triune Records TRI4153 US 1993 Sell This Version
CR(D)361, CR(D) 361 OC Smith - Standing Room Only album art Red Holloway Quintet With Special Guest O.C. Smith* Red Holloway Quintet With Special Guest O.C. Smith* - Standing Room Only(CD, Album) Chiaroscuro Records, Chiaroscuro Records CR(D)361, CR(D) 361 US 1999 Sell This Version
8573-85268-2 OC Smith - Picture Perfect  album art Ahmad Jamal With Special Guest Dr O.C. Smith* Ahmad Jamal With Special Guest Dr O.C. Smith* - Picture Perfect (Album) Birdology, Warner Music France 8573-85268-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MGM 899 OC Smith - Tutti Frutti album art Art Mooney & His Orch.* - Vocal: Ocie Smith* Art Mooney & His Orch.* - Vocal: Ocie Smith* - Tutti Frutti(Shellac, 10", S/Sided, Promo) MGM Records MGM 899 US 1956 Sell This Version
1304 OC Smith -  Slow Walk / Forbidden Fruit  album art Ocie Smith* Slow Walk / Forbidden Fruit (Single) Cadence (2) 1304 US 1956 Sell This Version
K12321 OC Smith - Just Kiss Me / At Last My Baby’s Comin' Home album art Ocie Smith* Just Kiss Me / At Last My Baby’s Comin' Home (Single) MGM Records K12321 US 1956 Sell This Version
12233 OC Smith - Lost Horizon /  Going, Going, Gone! album art OC Smith Lost Horizon / Going, Going, Gone!(Shellac, 10") MGM Records 12233 US 1956 Sell This Version
1329 OC Smith - Lighthouse / Too Many album art Ocie Smith* With Archie Bleyer Orch.* Ocie Smith* With Archie Bleyer Orch.* - Lighthouse / Too Many (Single) Cadence (2) 1329 US 1957 Sell This Version
1312 OC Smith - Bad Man Of Missouri / If You Don´t Love Me album art Ocie Smith* Orchestra Conducted by Archie Bleyer Ocie Smith* Orchestra Conducted by Archie Bleyer - Bad Man Of Missouri / If You Don´t Love Me (Single) Cadence (2) 1312 US 1957 Sell This Version
CIT-1034 OC Smith - How Times Have Changed / Try A Little Tenderness album art Ocie Smith* With Rico Henderson Orch.* Ocie Smith* With Rico Henderson Orch.* - How Times Have Changed / Try A Little Tenderness Citation CIT-1034 US 1958 Sell This Version
CIT-1031 OC Smith - Slim Jim Josie album art Ocie Smith* Slim Jim Josie(7", Single) Citation CIT-1031 US 1958 Sell This Version
CIT-1037 OC Smith - You've Changed album art Ocie Smith* You've Changed Citation CIT-1037 US 1959 Sell This Version
45-3039 OC Smith - Well I'm Dancin' album art Ocie Smith* Well I'm Dancin' (Single) Bigtop 45-3039 US 1960 Sell This Version