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The Ovations

 

The Quails (members Don Bryant, James Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones, Lionel Byrd and Joe Louis Powell) 1957

The Canes (members Don Bryant, James Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones, Lionel Byrd and Joe Louis Powell)

The Kings (members Don Bryant, James Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones, Lionel Byrd and Joe Louis Powell)

The Four Kings (members Don Bryant, James Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones and Lionel Byrd) 1958 

Willie Mitchell With The Four Kings (members Willie Mitchell, Don Bryant, James Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones and Lionel Byrd)

Stomper Time 1160 - Tell It To Me Baby* / Walking At Your Will* - 1958 *lead Don Bryant.

Willie Mitchell With The Four Kings (members Willie Mitchell, Don Bryant, James Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones and William " Dusty" Walker)

Stomper Time 1163 - Walkin' Alone* / Rag Mop* - 1958 *lead Don Bryant.

The 4 Kings (members Don Bryant, Lionel Byrd, Elvin Lee Jones and William Walker) group disbanded in 1963.

The 4 Kings (members Don Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones, Louis Williams and Nathaniel Lewis) group formed in 1963 due to contractual reasons to complete some dates at the
University of Arkansas.

The El Salvadores (members Nathaniel " Pedro" Lewis (born 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee), Don Lewis and James Wright)

Barney & The Googles (members Nathaniel Lewis, Don Lewis and James Wright)

Shimmy 1055 - Doin' The Shimmy / Fall Is Here - 1960

The Montclairs (members Louis Williams (born 24-February-1941 in Chicago, Illinois --- died 13-October-2002, at The Methodist Healthcare University Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee --- cause: ?), Tyrone ?, ............................................)  

The Del-Rios (members Louis Williams, Robert Huntley, Harrison Austin, William Bell and Tino ?) group reformed to record this 45.

Stax 125 - Just Across The Street / There's A Love* - 1962 *William Bell lead vocals -- covered in 1967 by The Gentrys on
MGM 13690. 

The Del-Rios (members Louis Williams, Robert Huntley, Harrison Austin and Nathaniel Lewis)   

The Del-Rios (members Louis Williams, Robert Huntley, Harrison Austin, Nathaniel Lewis and Norman West (later member of The Soul Children)) group continued until Norman West was drafted.  

The Avantis (members William "Billy Boy" Young (died 1998), ......................)  

Argo 5436 - Keep On Dancing* / I Want To Dance - 1963 *also released in 1965 by The Gentry's on
MGM 13379 and in 1972 by The Bay City Rollers on Bell 45169. 

The 4 Kings (members Don Bryant, Elvin Lee Jones, Louis Williams and Nathaniel Lewis) 1963

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, Elvin Lee Jones (born 1942) and Nathaniel Lewis (born 1943 in
Memphis, Tennessee)) group at this stage in their career were managed by Ivory Joe Hunter.

The Ovations featuring Louis Williams (members Louis Williams (brother of Cathy Williams one of Ray Charles Raelettes), Elvin Lee Jones and Nathaniel Lewis)

Goldwax 110 - Pretty Little Angel / Won't You Call - 1964
Goldwax 113 - It's Wonderful To Be In Love / Dance Party - 1965  
Goldwax 117 - I'm Living Good* / Recipe For Love - 1965 *also recorded in 1967 by Roosevelt Grier on
MGM 13840 and in 1971 by Arthur Conley on Capricorn 8017. 

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, Elvin Lee Jones and Nathaniel Lewis)

Goldwax 300 - Don't Cry / I Need A Lot Of Loving - 1966 
Goldwax 306 - I Believe I'll Go Back Home / Qualifications - 1966
Goldwax 314 - Me And My Imagination / They Say - 1966 
Goldwax 322 - I've Gotta Go / Ride My Troubles And Blues Away - 1967

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, William "Billy Boy" Young and Nathaniel Lewis)

Goldwax 341 - Happiness / Rockin' Chair - 1969                  
Goldwax 342 - You Had Your Choice / I'm Living Good - 1969
Goldwax - Let's Stick Together - (unissued at the time this was released 2005 in the U. K. on a
KENT Cd "The Ovations Featuring Louis Williams - Goldwax Recordings" CDKEND 246)

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, William Young and Nathaniel Lewis)

M-G-M Sounds Of Memphis 708 - Touching Me / Don't Break Your Promise - 1972
M-G-M Sounds Of Memphis 712 - Take It From One Who Knows / Hooked On A Feeling* - 1972 *also recorded in 1968 by B. J. Thomas on Scepter 12230 and in 1971 by Lloyd Price on Scepter 12310. 
M-G-M Sounds Of
Memphis 717 - So Nice To Be Loved By You / One In A Million - 1972

The Ovations (members Louis Williams with Bill Davis, Quincy Billups, Jr. and Rochester Neal three former members of The Nightingales on Stax  

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, Dan Greer and George Jackson)

M-G-M 14623 - Having A Party (Medley) / Just Too Good To Be True - 1973

The Ovations featuring Louis Williams (members Louis Williams, William Young and Nathaniel Lewis)

M-G-M - Soul Train - (Unissued at the time this was released in the U. K. on a 2008 Kent CD "The Ovations Featuring Louis Williams - One In A Million The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Recordings" CDKEND 294)
M-G-M 14705- I'm In Love / Don't Say You Love Me (If You Don't Mean It) - 1974

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, William Young and Nathaniel Lewis)

Chess 2166 - Pure Natural Love / Gotta Move On (To My Destiny) - 1975
Chess 2176 - The Ovations You Keep Me Hanging On / ? 1975
Sounds Of Memphis - Shake - 197? (unissued at the time this was released in the U. K. on a 2008 BGP Cd "Memphis 70" CDBGPD 192.. --- Song was also recorded in 1964 by Sam Cooke on RCA Victor 47-8486 and in 1967 by Otis Redding on Volt 149) 

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, ..........)

All Platinum ?

Louis Williams  

All Platinum - I Care For You - (Unissued until released in 2007 in the U. K. on a Castle 2 Cd set "Tears Full Of Soul Tear Jerkers From The Heart & Soul" CMEDD1514 (disc two) )
All Platinum - You're My Little Girl - (Unissued until released in the U. K. on a 2008 Kent Cd "The Ovations Featuring Louis Williams - One In A Million The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Recordings" CDKEND 294)
All Platinum - Gotta Get Free - (Unissued until released in the U. K. on a 2008 Kent Cd "The Ovations Featuring Louis Williams - One In A Million The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Recordings" CDKEND 294)
All Platinum - Hangin' On - (Unissued until released in the U. K. on a 2008 Kent CD "The Ovations Featuring Louis Williams - One In A Million The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Recordings" CDKEND 294. Track also recorded in 1968 by Joe Simon on Sound Stage 7   2608)

The Ovations featuring Louis Williams (members Louis Williams, William Young and Nathaniel Lewis)

Xl 950 - Till I Find Some Way / Sweet Thing - 1978      
Xl 120 - Sweet Thing / Till I Find Some Way - 1980

The Ovations (members Louis Williams, William Young and Nathaniel Lewis)

Beale Street 84 - Ole Beale Street / Ole Beale Street (Instrumental)  - 1984

George Jackson with Louis Williams

Happy Hooker 1080 - Sam, We'll Never Forget You / A Little Extra Stroke - 1985

Updates by Bosko Asanovic, and John Reed