Oliver Sain Jr. (March 1, 1932 – October 28, 2003) was an American saxophonist, lyricist, bandleader, drummer and record maker, who was a critical figure in the improvement of beat and blues music, outstandingly in St Louis, Missouri.
Sain moved to Chicago in 1955, in some cases sitting in with Howlin’ Wolf’s band and getting to be familiar with the proprietors of Chess Records. In 1959, he was welcomed by Little Milton to go along with him for club commitment in East St Louis, and after some time turned out to be Little Milton’s melodic executive, and also performing once in a while with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm. He enrolled Fontella Bass as the Little Milton band’s console player, just later finding her singing abilities.
Following a couple of years, Sain left Little Milton’s band and introduced Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure as co-lead vocalists in his Oliver Sain Soul Revue. The band made its first chronicles in 1964, and the next year Sain composed and delivered Bass and McClure’s number 5 R&B diagram hit, “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing” recorded at the Chess studios in Chicago and discharged on the backup Checker name. The tune was later secured by Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, on his performance collection Laid Back. After Bass left Sain’s band for a performance vocation, she was supplanted by Barbara Carr, who kept on singing with Sain until 1972.
He set up his very own chronicle studio, Archway, in St Louis in 1965, and recorded and created craftsmen, for example, the Montclairs and Julius Hemphill, building up “a particularly full, powerful stable that would come to help characterize the St. Louis soul stylish.” He discharged his first collection, Main Man, in 1972, trailed by Bus Stop in 1975. The track “Goods Bumpin’ (The Double Bump)” from the last collection was issued as a solitary, and achieved number 78 in the R&B diagram. “Gathering Hearty”, taken from his 1976 collection Blue Max, achieved number 16 on the R&B diagram, and its flip side, “She’s a Disco Queen”, rose under the Hot 100. Sain’s chronicles, including “Transport Stop'”, likewise ended up effective in British clubs (however it didn’t achieve the UK singles graph), because of which he visited in the UK. His last R&B diagram section in the US accompanied “Feel Like Dancin'” in 1977.
Sain discharged two further collections, So Good (In the Morning) (1981) and Fused Jazz (1983), however progressively focused on his work as a maker and also live exhibitions. In 1982 he delivered Larry Davis’ collection Funny Stuff, which won a W. C. Helpful Award. He kept on performing and to embrace studio work in spite of being determined to have bladder malignancy in the mid-1990s, and is credited with finding neighborhood vocalist Kim Massie.