Time for another Deepie or two
Before Tony Owens was discovered at a high school talent show, he had sung with a group called The Emeralds in junior high. At that time he had already won some local voice competitions. Isaac Bolden who was about to start his own label, Soulin', heard Tony sing, and it was on his label that in 1968 Tony's first single, I Got Soul, was produced. Although the title was quite successful locally -- as were Tony's follow-up records too -- he never achieved any national recognition. Same old story: big talent, no luck.