The Ovations were an R&B vocal group.
The Ovations came together in Memphis in the early 60s, consisting of Louis Williams, Nathan Lewis and Elvin Lee Jones. Both Williams and Lewis had sung in The Del-Rios (which also featured William Bell), and they got together with Jones whilst backing Don Bryant. Finding they got on well as a trio, they got themselves heard by Roosevelt Jameson, who reccomended them to Quinton Claunch of Goldwax Records (he also provided Goldwax with James Carr and O.V. Wright).
Signed to Goldwax, The Ovations began recorded at Chips Moman's American Sound Studio. They were notable for the lilting lead vocals of Louis Williams, who had more than a passing resemblance to the great Sam Cooke. Their breakthrough hit was "It's Wonderful To Be In Love", which got to #22 on the R&B chart in 1965. It was also Goldwax's first national hit. They followed its success by touring alongside both James Brown and Otis Redding. They then went down to Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where they cut a number of songs by the songwriting team of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham - one of these in particular, "I'm Living Good", was tailor made for Williams' Sam Cooke style. In 1966 Elvin Lee Jones was replaced by Billy Young, and their next modest hit was 1967's "Me And My Imagiantion" (#40 R&B).