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Johnny Otis

Born 28 December 1921. Died 17 January 2012.
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A Tribute to Johnny Otis

Paul Jones presents a tribute to Johnny Otis who died last month.

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Biography

Johnny Otis (born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes, December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012) was an American singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, television show host, artist, author, journalist, minister, and impresario. A seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll, Otis discovered artists such as Little Esther, Big Mama Thornton, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John and Hank Ballard. Known as the original "King of Rock & Roll", he is commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues".

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  • Founded Dig Records

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