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Johnny Otis The Capitol Years

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CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Johnny Otis - The Capitol Years more

Johnny Otis: The Capitol Years

CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Johnny Otis - The Capitol Years

Article properties: Johnny Otis: The Capitol Years

  • Interpret: Johnny Otis

  • Album titlle: The Capitol Years

  • Label Collectables

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0090431277324

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Otis, Johnny - The Capitol Years CD 1
01 Willie And The Hand Jive Johnny Otis
02 Good Golly Johnny Otis
03 Crazy Country Hop Johnny Otis
04 Can't You Hear Me Callin' Johnny Otis
05 Castin' My Spell Johnny Otis
06 Telephone Baby Johnny Otis
07 Willie Did The Cha Cha Johnny Otis
08 Livin' In Misery Johnny Otis
09 Three Girls Named Molly Johnny Otis
10 Until We Meet Again Johnny Otis
11 Hum-Ding-A-Ling Johnny Otis
12 Baby Just You Johnny Otis
13 Ring A Ling Johnny Otis
14 Hey Baby Don't You Know Johnny Otis
15 Let The Sun Shine In My Life Johnny Otis
16 Well, Well, Well Johnny Otis
17 Ma (He's Makin' Eyes At Me) Johnny Otis
18 Cold Turkey Johnny Otis
19 I Wonder Johnny Otis
20 I'm With You Johnny Otis
21 Little Angel Johnny Otis
22 Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money..) Johnny Otis
23 Voodoo Woman Johnny Otis
24 Vine Street Swing Johnny Otis
Johnny Otis, Johnny Otis, now billed as the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues, was born in... more
"Johnny Otis"

Johnny Otis,

Johnny Otis, now billed as the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues, was born in Vallejo, California, on Dec. 28, 1921, to Greek immigrant parents, Alexander and Irene Veliotes. By 1940, the big band jazz of Count Basie and Duke Ellington had inspired him to start learning drums, later progressing to piano and vibes. In 1946 he switched from a small boogie-blues outfit to a 16-piece jazz-swing band, signed a contract with Excelsior Records and scored his first hit, `Harlem Nocturne'. The band took off on a nationwide tour with Louis Jordan, Nat 'King' Cole and the Inkspots.

They were later to record with such jazz greats as Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet and Jimmy Rushing. In 1948, Otis opened the Barrelhouse Club in Los Angeles, thus launching the very first nightspot to feature R&B music exclusively. While at the Barrelhouse, he discovered 13-year-old Little Esther (Philips).

Throughout 1950, the pair cut numerous hits for Savoy records, usually billed as Little Esther with Johnny Otis and the Robins (whowere another Otis find). Their first recording, 'Double Crossing Blues', was a No. 1 R&B seller throughout the nation. This was followed by `Mistrustin' Blues', 'Wedding Boogie' and Deceivin' Blues'. At about the same time, Otis saw the potential of a tour-ing R&B review, and so 'The Johnny Otis R&B Caravan' took to the road — again the first of its kind. The package featured several Otis discoveries, including Big Mama Thornton, who was later to cut the original version of Leiber and Stoller's 'Hound Dog,' with Otis in accompaniment.

Even with lengthy tours to contend with, Otis found time to search out new talent. While in Detroit in 1951, he discovered Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John and Hank Ballard. A few years later the legendary Johnny Ace joined the Otis package, and quickly became the star of the show. Otis went on to arrange and produce most of Ace's record-ings for the Texas-based Duke-Peacock label, including his smash hit of 1954, 'Pledging My Love'. Little Richard, Etta James, Charles Brown, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and Sugar-cane Harris are just a few of the other artists he has been associated with over the years. As the Fifties progressed, Otis became more and more aware of the changing public taste in R&B, notably with the introduction of rock'n'roll styles into the music.

By 1957 he had signed a contract with Capitol records in LA, and later that year cut 'Ma (He's Makin' Eyes At Me)', sung by Marie Adams & The Three Tons Of Joy. Shortly after he recorded what was to become his best remembered hit, 'Willie And The Hand Jive'. It was a novelty rock song aimed straight at the teenage market, and the Top Ten, that exploited to the full the now famous 'Bo Diddley' beat. Whether the arrangement was inspired Diddley is open to debate, although Otis insists that he first played by this rhythm — know as 'shave-and-a-haircut, six-bits' — during the early Forties.

The song was later covered in Britain by Cliff Richard. Otis spent most of the Sixties working in a producer-arranger capacity, until 1968 when he and his son, Shuggie, collaborated on a progressive album called Cold Shot. It was a surprise hit and led to a producer-recording contract with Columbia-Epic. By 1970, however, Otis had decided to re-form his original touring show of the Fifties, and has since played a string of successful concert dates throughout America and Europe.

 

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