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Oliver Sain
Oliver (* 1932 in Dundee, Mississippi) was a multi-instrumentalist (keyboards, saxophone, drums), songwriter, bandleader, and record producer, who was an important figure in the development of rhythm and blues music, notably in St Louis, Missouri.
 
He played trumpet and drums as a child. In 1949, he moved to Greenville, Mississippi to join his stepfather, pianist Willie Love, as a drummer in a band fronted by Sonny Boy Williamson, soon leaving to join Howlin' Wolf where he acted as a drummer intermittently for the following decade. After returning from the United States Army draft, serving in the Korean War, he returned to Greenville, and took up the saxophone to rejoin Love in Little Milton's backing band.
 
Oliver moved to Chicago in 1955. In 1959, he was invited by Little Milton to join him for club engagements in East St Louis, and over time became Little Milton's musical director, as well as performing occasionally with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm. He recruited Fontella Bass as the Little Milton band's keyboard player, only later discovering her singing talents.
 
After a few years, Oliver left Little Milton's band and installed Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure as co-lead singers in his Oliver Sain Soul Revue. The band made its first recordings in 1964. After Bass left Oliver's band for a solo career, she was replaced by Barbara Carr, who continued to sing with Oliver until 1972.
 
He set up his own recording studio, Archway, in St Louis in 1965, and recorded and produced artists such as the Montclairs and Julius Hemphill. Oliver increasingly concentrated on his work as a producer as well as live performances. In 1986 and 1987, Oliver toured Europe with former Kings of Rhythm members Clayton Love, Billy Gayles, Stacy Johnson and Robbie Montgomery (one of the Ikettes) as part of the St. Louis Kings of Rhythm. Oliver continued to perform and to undertake studio work despite being diagnosed with cancer. Oliver died in 2003.
 
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Main Man
Abet 404
released 1972
Oliver Sain, alto sax, tenor sax, organ, vibes
Charles Hayes, alto sax, baritone sax
Bob Elliot, trumpet
Earl Wright, guitar
Phil West, guitar
Paul Jackson, bass
Sammy Harris, drums
Bus Stop
Abet 406
recorded in St. Louis, MO/USA
released 1974
Oliver Sain, alto sax, tenor sax, guitar, harpsichord, organ, vibes
Charles Hayes, baritone sax
Bob Elliott, trumpet
Earl Wright, guitar
Phillip Westmoreland, guitar
Vince Martin, guitar
Kenny Wright, guitar
Otha Thompson, bass
Jimmie Hinds, bass
Roosevelt Pointer, bass
Sam Harris, drums
Julius Davis, congas, percussion
Harry Sky, congas
Blue Max
Abet 407
recorded in St. Louis, MO/USA
released 1975
Oliver Sain, alto sax, tenor sax, guitar, organ, vibes, percussion
Oswald Peters, guitar
Phil Westmoreland, guitar
Bill Bickelhaupt, piano
Jimmy Hines, bass, percussion
Sam Harris, drums
Harry 'Sky' Campbell, congas, percussion
So Good (In The Morning)
Houston Connection Recording Corporation HCI-2002
released 1981
Oliver Sain, alto sax, tenor sax, guitar, harpsichord, organ, vibes
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