JOHNNY OTIS

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Johnny Otis modeled an amazing number of contrasting musical hats over a career spanning more than half a century. Bandleader, record producer, talent scout, label owner, nightclub impresario, disc jockey, TV variety show host, author, R&B pioneer, rock & roll star -- Otis answered to all those descriptions and quite a few more. Not bad for a Greek-American who loved jazz and R&B so fervently that he adopted the African-American culture as his own.

California-born John Veliotes changed his name to the blacker-sounding Otis when he was in his teens. Drums were his first passion -- he spent time behind the traps with the Oakland-based orchestra of Count Otis Matthews and kept time for various Midwestern swing outfits before settling in Los Angeles during the mid-'40s and joining Harlan Leonard's Rockets, then resident at the Club Alabam.

It wasn't long before the Alabam's owner entreated Otis to assemble his own orchestra for
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JOHNNY OTIS The Johnny Otis Show album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Johnny Otis Show
Jump Blues 1958
JOHNNY OTIS The New Johnny Otis Show album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The New Johnny Otis Show
Jump Blues 1991

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JOHNNY OTIS The Johnny Otis Show Live at Monterey! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Johnny Otis Show Live at Monterey!
Jump Blues 1993

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JOHNNY OTIS The Greatest Johnny Otis Show album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Greatest Johnny Otis Show
Jump Blues 1998

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