Oscar Toney, Jr.
Oscar Toney, Jr.
Schroeder had Toney signed to Bell Records in 1967, and his first single, a cover of "For Your Precious Love" by Jerry Butler & the Impressions, was produced by Chips Moman. The tune would be the first and most successful of Toney's four chart hits. His last single was 1969's "Down in Texas" b/w "Aint That True Love", which failed to chart, and Toney left Bell when Schroeder quit the music industry. Oscar toured England a few times during the 1960`s , brought to England by agents Henry Sellers and Danny O`Donavan.
He insisted after his first tour to have the same backing band which was MERLIN `Q` from London. Merlin `Q` were Dave Kerr-Clemenson on bass , Andy Locke and Wally Scott on Guitars and Denis White on hammond. After their first rehearsal at the Q club in Paddington Oscar said to Sellers ` you said they were good but not that good. The tour included all the Northern soul venues TWISTED WHEEL MANCHESTER / GOLDEN TORCH TUNSTALL.After the last tour Dave , Andy and Wally went on to become EDISON LIGHTHOUSE.
In 1970, Toney released a single, "Down on My Knees", on Capricorn Records, but the tune did not chart; three more singles, all flops, followed on Capricorn, which dropped the singer in 1973. Toney's career was tenuous in America, but the British love for Northern Soul resulted in a second wind. Later in the 1970s, he was signed to the British record label Contempo Records for six singles and an album, yet none of these sold well, and in the 1980s Toney left the secular industry to focus on gospel again. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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