OC Smith

Ocie Lee Smith

Also known as O C Smith, O. C. Smith, O.C Smith, O.C. Smith, O.C.Smith, O.S. Smith, Ocie Smith
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._C._Smith, http://www.soulexpress.net/ocsmith_story.htm

Discography of OC Smith:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp 2 Audio 1968 CBS
2 Baby Come Back / You Mean The World To Me Sweetheart 2 Audio 1984 Rams Horn Records
3 If You Touch Me (You've Got To Love Me) / Don't Misunderstand 2 Audio 1972 Columbia
4 La, La, Canción De Paz 2 Audio 1974 CBS
5 Baby I Need Your Loving / San Francisco Is A Lonely Town 2 Audio 1970 Columbia
6 Hickory Holler Revisited 11 Audio 1968 CBS
7 Little Green Apples / Long Black Limousine 2 Audio 1968 Columbia
8 Together 2 Audio 1976 Caribou Records
9 La La Peace Song / Sun Goddess 2 Audio
10 For Once In My Life 11 Audio 1969 CBS
11 La La Peace Song 10 Audio 1974 CBS
12 Living Without Your Love / Can't Be The One To Say It's Over 2 Audio 1979 Shadybrook Records
13 The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp 2 Audio 1968 Columbia
14 Love Changes 9 Audio 1982 South Bay
15 For Once In My Life 11 Audio 1968 Columbia
16 Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife / I Taught Her Everything She Knows 2 Audio 1969 Columbia
17 La La Peace Song 10 Audio 1974 CBS
18 The Dynamic O. C. Smith - Recorded Live 11 Audio 1967 CBS
19 Living Without Your Love / Can't Be The One To Say It's Over 2 Audio 1979 Shadybrook Records
20 You Thrill Me / Everything's Changed 2 Audio 1979 Shadybrook Records
21 For Once In My Life 11 Audio 1969 CBS
22 Help Me Make It Through The Night 10 Audio 1979 CBS
23 Little Green Apples / Isn't It Lonely Together 2 Audio Columbia
24 Together / Just Couldn't Help Myself 2 Audio 1976 Caribou Records
25 Isn't It Lonely Together / I Ain't The Worryin' Kind 2 Audio 1968 CBS
26 Together 11 Audio 1977 Caribou Records
27 The OC Smith Collection 22 Audio Hallmark Records
28 Little Green Apples / Long Black Limousine 2 Audio 1968 CBS
29 That's Life / The Season 2 Audio Columbia
30 Little Green Apples / Isn't It Lonely Together 2 Audio Columbia
31 Help Me Make It Through The Night 10 Audio 1979 Columbia
32 Can't Take My Eyes Off You / Me And You 2 Audio 1969 Columbia
33 Together 11 Audio 1977 Caribou Records
34 O. C. Smith's Greatest Hits 11 Audio 1969 Columbia
35 At Home 11 Audio 1969 Columbia
36 Isn't It Lonely Together / Little Green Apples 2 Audio Columbia
37 Hickory Holler Revisited 11 Audio 1968 Columbia
38 At Home 11 Audio 1969 Columbia
39 Clean Up Your Own Back Yard 2 Audio 1971 Columbia
40 Little Green Apples / Gas, Food, Lodging 2 Audio 1968 CBS
41 Main Street Mission 2 Audio 1968-08-00 CBS
42 Simple Life 2 Audio 1977-06-00 Caribou Records
43 The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp 2 Audio 1968 Columbia
44 Baby I Need Your Loving / San Francisco Is A Lonely Town 3 Audio 1970 Columbia
45 O. C. Smith's Greatest Hits 11 Audio 1970 CBS
46 Little Green Apples / Long Black Limousine 2 Audio 1968 CBS
47 Isn't It Lonely Together / I Ain't The Worryin' Kind 2 Audio 1968 Columbia
48 Love To Burn 2 Audio 1978 Shadybrook Records
49 Together 2 Audio 1976 Caribou Records
50 Love Changes 9 Audio 1982


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 [a=Little Richard] hit "Tutti Frutti" in December 1955. The song was not a hit, but convinced [l33261] to sign Smith to a solo contract, resulting in three more releases, but still no hits.

In 1961, Smith was recruited by [a=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 [a=Kenny Rogers] revived the hit as a country song.

Smith changed the first part of his name to O.C. and recorded the [a=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 [a=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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