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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OC Smith Discography Tracks

Albums

OC Smith - The Dynamic O. C. Smith - Recorded Live album art O. C. Smith* The Dynamic O. C. Smith - Recorded Live (Album) Columbia UK 1967 Sell This Version
OC Smith - For Once In My Life album art O.C.Smith* For Once In My Life (Album) Columbia Canada 1968 Sell This Version
OC Smith - Hickory Holler Revisited album art O.C. Smith* Hickory Holler Revisited (Album) Columbia US 1968 Sell This Version
OC Smith - At Home album art O. C. Smith* At Home (Album) Columbia US 1969 Sell This Version
DAS 2047 OC Smith - The Dynamic O. C. Smith - Recorded Live album art O. C. Smith* The Dynamic O. C. Smith - Recorded Live(LP, Album, RE) Date Records (2) DAS 2047 US 1969 Sell This Version
OC Smith - O. C. Smith's Greatest Hits album art O. C. Smith* O. C. Smith's Greatest Hits (Comp) Columbia Canada 1970 Sell This Version
OC Smith - Help Me Make It Through The Night album art O.C. Smith* Help Me Make It Through The Night (Album) Columbia US 1971 Sell This Version
OC Smith - La La Peace Song album art OC Smith La La Peace Song (Album) Columbia Australia 1974 Sell This Version
OC Smith - Together album art OC Smith Together (Album) Caribou Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
OC Smith - Love Is Forever album art O.C. Smith* Love Is Forever (Album) Shadybrook Records Canada 1979 Sell This Version
OC Smith - Dreams Come True album art OC Smith Dreams Come True Family Records US 1980 Sell This Version
OC Smith - Love Changes album art O.C.Smith* Love Changes (Album) Motown, Motown US 1982 Sell This Version
OC Smith - What'cha Gonna Do album art O.C. Smith* What'cha Gonna Do (Album) Rendezvous (2), Rendezvous (2) US 1986 Sell This Version
OC Smith - After All Is Said And Done album art O.C. Smith* After All Is Said And Done (Album) Triune Records US 1993 Sell This Version
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 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
OC Smith -  Slow Walk / Forbidden Fruit  album art Ocie Smith* Slow Walk / Forbidden Fruit (Single) Cadence (2) US 1956 Sell This Version
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) 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(7", Single) Cadence (2) 1312 US 1957 Sell This Version
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 US 1959 Sell This Version
OC Smith - Everybody But Me / Mr. Night album art Ocie Smith* Everybody But Me / Mr. Night (Single) Broadway (2) US 1964 Sell This Version
OC Smith - On Easy Street / Beyond The Next Hill album art O.C. Smith* On Easy Street / Beyond The Next Hill (Single) Columbia US 1966 Sell This Version
OC Smith - That's Life album art O. C. Smith* That's Life (Single) Columbia US 1966 Sell This Version
OC Smith - The Season / Double Life album art O. C. Smith* The Season / Double Life (Single) Columbia US 1967 Sell This Version
OC Smith - The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp album art O.C. Smith* The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp (Single) Columbia Canada 1968 Sell This Version

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