Thursday, January 26, 2006

I Got a Sure Thing!

Ollie & The Nightingales - I Got a Sure Thing

I discussed the story of Ollie & The Nightingales briefly in my Ollie Nightingale post in November. "I Got a Sure Thing" was the group's first secular single and was their biggest hit. The song features a groove not dissimilar to that of Eddie Floyd's later hit "I Never Found a Girl," and the group's vocal stylings show that you can take a gospel group out of gospel into soul, but you can't take the gospel out of their singing! (Listen to some of the very gospel-oriented harmonies they use.)


Anonymous said...

Hey...been enjoying your blog for a while now ...just wanted to say its nice to read your mention of this great group that was largely unappreciated...did you know they covered that same Eddie Floyd tune?...Keep bringin' it cause we're out here diggin' it

The Stepfather of Soul said...

Steve: I was aware of their cover of "I Never Found a Girl" ... that entire album is fantastic; I plan to post more Nightingales material in the future! Thanks for your kind words!