Johnny Otis | Blues and Swing Party

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Blues and Swing Party

by Johnny Otis

Rock and Roll & Rhythm & Blues Hall-of-Famer, Johnny Otis, once again puts together a fabulous collection, featuring a who's who of rhythm and blues pioneers.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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1. It Don't Mean A Thing
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2. Shake, Rattle & Roll
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3. Choo-Choo-Ch-Boogie
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2:35 album only
4. Louie, Louie
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5. Mood Indigo
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6:26 album only
6. Hideaway
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7. I've Got the Walkin' Blues
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8. Cleanhead's Blues
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9. People Will Say Were In Love
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10. Country Girl
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11. Sincerely
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12. The Honeydripper - Part 1
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13. Misery
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14. Don't Start Me Talking
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15. I've Been Lovin' You Too Long
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16. Old Folks Boogie
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17. Barrelhouse Blues
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18. Baby, I've Got News For You
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19. Stack-A-Lee
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20. Harlem Nocturne
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21. Please Don't Leave Me
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22. Bye, Bye, Baby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Johnny Otis was born December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California. He grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood in Berkeley, California, where his father owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store. He began his musical career in 1939 as a drummer with Count Otis Matthew's West Oakland House Rockers.

Johnny Otis's song writing credits include "Every Beat of My Heart", (a song he wrote originally for Jackie Wilson, but was made a hit by Gladys Knight and the Pips), "Roll With Me Henry", (also known as "The Wallflower"), "So Fine", "Willie and the Hand Jive" (which sold over 1.5 million copies), and many, many others.

Johnny has been inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, into the Blues Hall of Fame and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Archives of African American Music and Culture at the University of Indiana has cataloged hundreds of hours of his past radio shows for his interviews, comments, insights, and historical significance.

He has remained active in his recording studio and has put out 6 CD's on his label since the mid-nineties. This compilation features the talents of Johnny and his son Shuggie Otis, Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Richard Berry, Sugarcane Harris, Joe Liggins, Esther Phillips and more.


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A true legend in his own time, Johnny Otis is a member of the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, and the Rock & Roll hall of fame, and had his first hit record in 1945. Throughout his lengthy career in the music industry, he discovered artists like Jackie Wilson, Big Mama Thornton, and Etta James, and his son is 70's guitar hero Shuggie Otis, who appears on many songs throughout this compilation. This album features a wide selection of swing, blues and R&B tracks from the past 50 years of Johnny Otis' career as a singer, pianist and drummer, and serves as a brief lesson in the history and progression of R&B and it's transition into rock & roll, with songs like "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and "Stack-O-Lee". And while all the songs on the album might not be standards (yet), they certainly showcase Johnny Otis' rich and varied contributions to pop music.