443) William Bell — “I Got a Sure Thing”
This song is a sure thing. Bell co-wrote it with Booker T. Jones. Ollie and the Nightingales first released it in ‘68, and reached #73 (#16 R&B). Bell’s version is so much better in my mind . . . it’s so smmmmooooooth, it’s criminal! The lyrics might be a bit dated. 😆
[Bell was a] principal architect of the Stax/Volt sound. . . . After joining the Stax staff as a writer, Bell made his solo debut in 1961 with the self-penned “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” an archetypal slice of country-soul and one of the label’s first big hits. A two-year Armed Forces stint effectively derailed his career, however, and he did not release his first full-length album . . . until 1967 . . . . That same year, Albert King also scored with another classic Bell [and Jones] composition, the oft-covered “Born Under a Bad Sign.”https://www.allmusic.com/artist/william-bell-mn0000578744
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