b March 1, 1932 - Dundee, MS
d October 28, 2003 - St. Louis, MO

SainTrib.jpg (36558 bytes)Oliver Sain's music has been recorded by artists as varied as The Allman Brothers, Chaka Khan, Loretta Lynn, Ry Cooder and Conway Twitty.  P. Diddy sampled Oliver's song "On The Hill" on his 1997 CD hit "No Way Out."  In 2003, Oliver recorded with St. Louis rapper Nelly.  He also worked with famous bluesmen Sonny Boy Sain3.jpg (14794 bytes) Williamson, Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, Jr. Parker, Johnnie Johnson, Little Milton, and Ike Turner.  Oliver played drums for Howlin' Wolf in West memphis, Arkansas and also played sax with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm.  Mr. Sain's Band in 1959 consisted of Larry Protho-trumpet; James Carr-sax; Vern Harrell-bass; Fontella Bass-piano; Willie SainEvansFBass.jpg (34894 bytes) Dotson-bass; and Jerry Walker-drums.  Oliver kept active in the music business throughout his life, producing, writing, arranging, and was still playing his regular gig on Thursday nights at BB's Jazz & Blues in St. Louis up to the week of his death in October 2003.

 

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