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Ollie Nightingale

Ollie Hoskins was the lead singer of the Dixie Nightingales, a Gospel group, which became Ollie & The Nightingales when they signed with Stax in 1968. From there they scored hits with  "I Got a Sure Thing," "You're Leaving Me," and "I've Got a Feeling." Hoskins went solo at the turn of the decade, billing himself as Ollie Nightingale and scoring a couple of R&B chart items ("It's a Sad Thing" and "May the Best Man Win") in 1971-72. The Nightingales soldiered on, recruiting singer Tommy Tate to replace him in the studio.

Nightingale remained a popular blues and soul singer around Memphis. In 1995, he had a resurgence with Ecko Records where he remained until his death.

Album Discography

Ollie & The Nightingales 

"Ollie & The Nightingales" (Stax 1969)


1 You'll Never Do Wrong
2 Don't Make The Good Suffer
3 Don't Do What I Did
4 I've Got A Feeling
5 You're Leaving Me
6 Broke-In Love
7 A-B-C-D
8 Mellow Way You Treat Your Man
9 Girl You Make My Heart Sing
10 I've Never Found A Girl
11 Showered With Love

Ollie Nightingale

"Sweet Surrender" (Pride 1973)

1. Here I Am Again
2. I Gave Her Everything But What She Needed
3. It's A Sad Thing
4. Standing On A Promise
5. A Good Woman At Home ( Is Better Than Two In The Street)
6. How Far I Am From New York City
7. May The Best Man Win
8. I'm In Love
9. I Don't Know Why I Love You
10. I'll Take Care Of You
11. Begging
12. Sweet Surrender

"Troubled In Mind" (Retta's 1983)

"Freedom" (Retta's 1985)

1 Take Me Back
2 There's Much More
3 I Want You Tonight
4 I Want You Tonight - Instrumental
5 You Got All The Aces
6 I Can't Let My Family Down
7 Give Her More
8 Freedom

"I'll Drink Your Bathwater" (Ecko 1995)


1. I'll Drink Your Bath Water, Baby
2. Changing for the Better
3. Cafe Woman
4. Hold On
5. I'm Ready to Party
6. Babysitting
7. You and Louise
8. She's in a Midnight Mood in the Middle of the Day
9. That's What You Are to Me
10. I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You

"Tell Me What You Want Me To Do" (Ecko 1996)

1. Tell Me What You Want Me to Do
2. You've Got a Booger Bear Under There
3. I Got a Sure Thing
4. If You're Lucky Enough to Have a Good Woman
5. Down at the Place to Be
6. Best That You Can Get, The
7. I'm Your Sure Thing Man
8. If You Need Somebody to Love You
9. Something You Like
10. It's a Cold World

"Make It Sweet" (Ecko 1997)

1. I'll Take a Big Fat Woman
2. Make It Sweet
3. Early Bird Gets the Worm, The
4. God Blessed Our Love
5. Your Drawers Is on Fire
6. Two Wrongs Made a Right
7. He Ain't What the Little Bird Left on the Limb
8. Don't Let My Baby Ride
9. Booty Scoot, The
10. Bull Shit Song

"Ollie Style" (Ecko 1998)

1. I'm Gonna Turn This Bed Over
2. I'll Work For You
3. That's When the Blues Began
4. Please Don't Go
5. That's What You Are to Me
6. Booty-Scoot - (remix)
7. I'm Gonna See You Again Tonight
8. Keepin' up With the Joneses
9. Love Me till I Cry Like a Baby
10. I'm Good at What I Do
11. (Untitled Hidden Track)

"The Best Of" (Ecko 1999)

1. I'll Drink Your Bathwater Baby
2. You've Got a Booger Bear Under There
3. She's in a Midnght Mood
4. I'm Ready to Party
5. If You're Lucky Enough to Have a Good Woman
6. Booty Scoot
7. May The Best Man Win
8. I'm Gonna Turn This Bed Over
9. I Got a Sure Thing
10. Two Wrongs Made a Right
11. You and Louise
12. God Blessed Our Love
13. Love Me Until I Cry Like a Baby
14. Why I Sing the Blues

"At His Best" (Ecko 2002)

1. I Got a Sure Thing
2. You've Got a Booger Bear Under There
3. Booty Scoot
4. I'm Ready to Party
5. Trouble in Mind
6. If You Need Somebody to Love You
7. Chokin' Kind
8. Don't Let My Baby Ride
9. Babysitting
10. Bull S**t Song

"At His Best, Volume 2" (Ecko 2007)

1. I'll Drink Your Bath Water, Baby
2. If You're Lucky Enough To Have a Good Woman
3. Nickel and a Nail
4. She's In a Midnight Mood In the Middle of the Day
5. Two Wrongs Made a Right
6. I'm Gonna Turn This Bed Over
7. You and Louise
8. Make It Sweet
9. Down At the Place To Be
10. God Blessed Our Love - (featuring Barbara Carr)

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